A Perfect Host: 5 Most Innovative Olympic Stadiums Across The World
The Summer Olympics Games have kickstarted in Brazil’s Rio De Jenario with excitement across the globe. What makes these games a reality are the well-thought and innovative stadiums that we get to see every four years. These stadiums are architectural marvels in their own league designed with innovation.
With the Games keeping the world glued to the screens, we take you on a tour of some awe-inspiring stadiums across the world:
Beijing National Stadium
Also known as the Bird’s Nest, the stadium is constructed as an imitation of a bird’s nest. The stadium is made of 26-km-long twisting steel sections and crisscrossing columns. The design and the use of the twisted steel sections and crisscross columns turned this stadium into a work of art. It beauty grows manifold when illuminated.
Montreal Olympic Stadium
Built in 1976, it was nicknamed Big O owing to its doughnut-like shape. The stadium, which has a seating capacity of 56,000 spectators, was designed by French architect Roger Taillibert. Apart from the shape of the stadium, the other unique feature is its retractable roof, which can be retracted with the help of cables attached to a 556-foot-tall slanted tower.
Olympiastadion or the Olympic Park was designed by German architect Frei Otto together with Günter Behnisch. It is the largest and the most enduring structure which is made of temporary tent structures. The sweeping tensile structure covers the stadium and is an attraction in itself. Interestingly, the stadium was constructed in the pit formed by bombs that were dropped on Munich during the World War II.
Spyros Louis, Olympic Stadium of Athens
Named after the first winner of the Olympics Games, the Greek water carrier, who won the modern-day Olympics, the stadium was designed by the Santiago Calatrava. The Spanish architect left his signature design in the structure by adding a striking roof composed of twin tubular steel arches that span 997 feet.
Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Located at Tokyo, the curves and the hints of traditional Japanese architecture form the Yoyogi National Gymnasium. It is one of the most iconic building profiles in the world designed by Pritzker Prize winner Kenzo Tange. The gymnasium has twin stadia, the basketball arena and elliptical swimming centre, which have sweeping catenary steel roofs hung from concrete ring beams that also support upper seating tiers. It will serve as the handball venue for the Olympics to be hosted by Japan in the year 2020.