Munich 1972; Short film ‘Olympiapark München’ by Spirit of Space

Spirit of Space is a creative agency that uses digital media to celebrate and promote a greater awareness of designed environments for the architectural profession and beyond.

Spirit of Space believes that film is the most effective tool to communicate the value of design because film transcends time, space, language, and culture. Offering professional services with those involved in the profession and education of architecture, Spirit of Space bridges professional architectural ideas with public understanding through the production of short films featuring finished works and the design process.

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Munich 1972; Frei Otto awarded Pritzker Prize a day after his death

Olympic Stadium Munich - Frei Otto
Olympiastadion München – Photo Credit: Tim Brown Architecture via Compfight cc


“Frei stands for Freedom, as free and as liberating as a bird in flight, swooping and soaring in elegant and joyful arcs, unrestrained by the dogma of the past, and as compelling in its economy of line and in the improbability of its engineering as it is possible to imagine, giving the marriage of form and function the invisibility of the air we breathe, and the beauty we see in Nature.”

Lord Peter Palumbo (Chair of the jury of the Pritzker Architecture Prize)
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Munich Olympic Stadium plan

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Munich 1972; Olympic Stadium

Munich Olympic Stadium plan

Munich Olympic Stadium section


Often mentioned as a pioneer in lightweight tensile and membrane construction, yet overshadowed in the discipline of architecture, Frei Otto along with Gunther Behnisch collaborated to design the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany. With the Olympics having already been held in Berlin in 1936, Otto and Behnisch took the second Olympics games in Germany as an opportunity and a second chance to show Germany 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.

Read full article on Archdaily: AD Classics: Munich Olympic Stadium / Frei Otto & Gunther Behnisch