The Olympic Park in Munich

18 December 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, Sport Reading Time:  21 minutes

Olympic Park Munich © Tobi 87/cc-by-sa-4.0

Olympic Park Munich © Tobi 87/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Olympiapark München (English: Olympic Park Munich) in Munich is an Olympic Park which was constructed for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Located in the Oberwiesenfeld neighborhood of Munich, the Park continues to serve as a venue for cultural, social, and religious events such as events of worship. The Park is administered by Olympiapark München GmbH, a holding company fully owned by the state capital of Munich. The concept of a “green Olympic Games” was chosen, and so too was the orientation toward the ideals of democracy. Officials sought to integrate optimism toward the future with a positive attitude toward technology, and in so doing set aside memories of the past, such as the Olympic Games of 1936 in Berlin. The architecture firm of Günther Behnisch and its partners developed a comprehensive master plan for the sports and recreation area, which was under construction from 1968 until 1972. The landscape layout was designed by landscape architect Günther Grzimek. The eye-catching tensile structure that covers much of the park was designed by German architect and engineer Frei Otto with Günther Behnisch. In all, the project cost 1.35 billion German Marks to complete.   read more…

Olympic Stadium Berlin

4 September 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin, Sport Reading Time:  7 minutes

Olympic Stadium © Nikolai Schwerg/cc-by-sa-3.0

Olympic Stadium © Nikolai Schwerg/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Olympic Stadium is a sports stadium in Berlin. There have been two stadia on the site: the present facility, and one that is called the Deutsches Stadion which was built for the aborted 1916 Summer Olympics. Both were designed by members of the same family, the first by Otto March and the second by his son Werner March. It is the second biggest stadium in Germany behind Signal Iduna Park.   read more…

Olympic Park sets gold standard for sustainability

9 August 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Green Buildings, Sport, Environment Reading Time:  11 minutes

Olympic Park © - EG Focus/Anthony Charlton

Olympic Park © – EG Focus/Anthony Charlton

It’s hard to believe that this area of east London was once a dilapidated and neglected quarter of the UK capital. With shiny new stadiums and visitor facilities nestling among the lush landscaped grounds, every detail of the 500-acre Olympic Park has taken into account environmental concerns, prompting 2012 organizers to bill it as the first sustainable Olympics. David Stubbs, head of sustainability for the London 2012 Games, was part of the original team that drafted London’s successful bid.   read more…

The Olympic Park in London

1 August 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month, London, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, Sport Reading Time:  2 minutes

Olympic Park London - April 2012 © - EG Focus / Anthony Charlton

Olympic Park London – April 2012 © – EG Focus / Anthony Charlton

The Olympic Park in London is a sporting complex under construction for the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Paralympics, situated to the east of the city adjacent to the Stratford City development. It will contain the athletes’ Olympic Village and several of the sporting venues including the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre. The park will be overlooked by ArcelorMittal Orbit, an observation tower and Britain’s largest piece of public art. After the Olympics, the park is to be known as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II, though it will not be an official Royal Park of London. (PDF-Download London 2012 Olympic Park map)   read more…

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