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Architecture of the Games: All about Olympic Architecture

Architecture of the Games was begun in August 2013, with the aim of informing architects and others interested about spatial and architectural design within the Olympic Games. We write mainly about urban planning, landscape architecture, architecture and infrastructure. Next to this we also pay attention to the visual identity of the Olympic Games.

Once every 4 years all eyes are focused on one event, The Olympic Games. Upon this podium, every athlete and host city wants to show their best face to the world. The architecture of the venues are often used as a tool and therefore become iconic for the event. Think of the tent-like roof construction of the Olympic Stadium in München (Frei Otto, 1972) or the impressive ‘Bird’s Nest’ in Beijing (Herzog & De Meuron and Ai Weiwei, 2008).

We follow cities from the first candidature, during the bid process and the preparation in the run up to the Games. Finally, we report on the legacy that the Games leaves behind on the city.

Currently, Architecture of the Games is the only website that is completely dedicated to this subject. In the last few years we have grown rapidly. In 2022, our website has had visitors that hailed from more than 200 countries. In 2024 we will be paying special attention to the Olympic Games of Paris 2024.



1. Acknowledgements

We would like to thank:

  • Christian, Delle, Femke, Hugo, Jeroen, Marco, Nicole and Robin for their feedback and input
  • Andrew Ferguson, Johan Eenfeldt, Barry Kooij, Lucy Tomás, Stefan Boonstra, Tobias Bäthge, Arne Brachhold, Lester Chan, Bill Erickson, Enrico Battocchi, Themeisle and Lee Chestnutt for their excellent plugins


Special thanks to:

  • Brasil 2016
  • Korea.NET


2. Disclaimer

Architecture of the Games is not affiliated with or funded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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