AD Classics: Munich Olympic Stadium / Frei Otto & Gunther Behnisch

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Often mentioned as a pioneer in lightweight tensile and membrane construction, yet overshadowed in the discipline of architecture, Frei Otto along with collaborated to design the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium in Munich, .  With the Olympics having already been held in Berlin in 1936, Otto and Behnisch took the second Olympics games in as an opportunity and a second chance to show in a new light.  Their goal was to design a structure that would emulate the games motto: “The Happy Games” as more of a whimsical architectural response that would overshadow the heavy, authoritarian stadium in Berlin.

More of the 1972 Olympic Stadium in Munich after the break.