As you may know, the Olympic Stadium is the most important showpiece of any Summer Olympic Games. Before the Summer Games ends on August 12, let’s look at 3 Olympic Stadiums that are continue to make an enduring impression.
Customarily, the Summer Games Stadium is the site of the opening and closing ceremonies as well as for specific athletic competitions. Host cities work to create visually stunning venues that can be later utilized within the community.
Leading up to the Olympics, London underwent a building boom that is indicative of a host city that’s eager to make a big impression on the world stage. The London Stadium, located on a diamond-shaped island between two waterways, is designed to be partially-dismantled for use after the games. What is architecturally inspiring about the design of the stadium is that it is an example of “sustainable development,” and the structure can be scaled down from its current 80,000-seating capacity to a 25,000-seater easily.
The cutting-edge Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing now attracts wintertime athletes to its indoor ski resort. The dissident Ai Weiwei was the artistic consultant on the project, an irony, given the Beijing Olympics role in bringing prestige to the Chinese government.
The Munich stadium, designed by architect Günter Behnisch and engineer Frei Otto, has canopies of glass that once hosted up to 80,000 for the opening and closing ceremonies, and several events—as well as the heart-wrenching memorial service for Israeli athletes taken hostage and killed during the games.
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