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Olympic Stadium

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Cruz y Ortiz
location Madrid
function olympic stadium, sport
contributed by davidb

This has to be one of the best examples of sports architecture ever designed! The majority of the Estadio Olympico - the track and field area - sits in a sunken bowl in the ground with the first tier of seating wrapped around its sides. Towering over this is a huge plate-like tier of seating that sits, tectonic like, on an array of massive curved walls. In between the walls are the staircases scooping the spectators up to their seats in the heavens. Freed of the pressure to provide all the commercial opportunities for money making which blight many stadia around the world, the architects have seized the opportunity to produce a raw, powerful, expressive, elegant and un-compromised architecture representative, in many ways, of the sporting ideal!

The former stadium name was Estadio de la Comunidad de Madrid, and was called popularly "La Peineta" (the back comb) because the upper tier form. There is the project to enlarge the stadium, managed by the Madrid´s candidature to 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
Murcia, Spain 18-Nov-08
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Olympic Stadium
Avenida Arcentales
Project is public!
How to get there? The stadium has it own metro station - Estadio Olimpico (Line 7)
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Completion 1994
Floor area/size 66000 m2
ArchitectCruz y Ortiz
services engineerEtinsa-Ciasa
structural engineerMc2
Client Direccion General de Deportes Consejeria de Educacion y Cultura
Project ID 3183
Latitude/Longitude 40°26'10N 03°35'58W
Contributed by davidb
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