Although originally built in the 80’s the Athens Stadium was completely renovated for the Olympics, complete with a roof structure by Santiago Calatrava. Although Calatrava has become fashionable as an engineer architect, unlike the Frei Otto’s Munich stadium, where an engineering idea dictates a beautifully original form and interesting space, one can’t help but feel that Calatrava uses structural gymnastics to engineer a shape dictated by taste that is all about structure and forgets about the space within. I find it willful, nowhere more so than the impressive but unoriginal Athens stadium. Many people like it, however.
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