Olympic Stadium - Munchen, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Arne1
N 48° 10.466 E 011° 32.969
32U E 689531 N 5338830
Quick Description: Olympiastadion is a stadium located in Munich, Germany. Situated at the heart of the Olympiapark München in northern Munich, the stadium was built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics.
Location: Bayern, Germany
Date Posted: 5/9/2011 12:35:18 AM
Waymark Code: WMBD8C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas
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Long Description:
Designed by the German architect Günther Behnisch and the engineer Frei Otto, the Olympiastadion was considered revolutionary for its time. This included large sweeping canopies of acrylic glass stabilized by steel cables that were used for the first time in a large scale. The idea was to imitate the Alps and to set a counterpart to the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, held during the Nazi-Regime. The sweeping and transparent canopy was to symbolize the new, democratic and optimistic Germany. This is reflected in the official motto: "The Happy Games" ("Die Heiteren Spiele").

The stadium was built by Bilfinger Berger between 1968 to 1972 in a pit made by bombings that Munich suffered during World War II made construction easy.
Architect: Otto Frei

Prize received: RIBA Royal Gold Medal

In what year: 2005

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