• Roof for Munich Olympics Arena 1972
    © sbp/Michael Zimmermann

Roof for Munich Olympic Stadium 1972

Munich, Germany, 1971

Light, transparent roofs that are both open and yet afford protection span the gently landscape Olympic Park with the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Arena and the Olympic Swimming Hall. A cable net structure consisting of many almost regular saddle-shaped surfaces framed by edge cables is suspended at several points from masts. They are situated behind the grandstand, or are supported on the inside by cable-supported props, and then back anchored. The geometrical precision, the cutting pattern and the prefabrication asked for totally new solutions. This resulted in a first and large-scale computer application for such problems and - especially of significance for the later "High-Tech-Architecture" - in a renaissance of cast steel in structural engineering.

  • Location

    Munich, Germany

  • Architect

    Behnisch und Partner, Stuttgart (Günter Behnisch, Fritz Auer); Frei Otto, Warmbronn

  • Client

    Olympia Baugesellschaft München

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design, construction design, site supervision (Jörg Schlaich and Rudolf Bergermann with Leonhardt und Andrä)

  • Roof area 74,000 m²
  • Edge cables locked coil ropes
  • Joints and connectors cast steel
  • Cover acrylic glass (Plexiglas)
  • Cable net mesh width 75 x 75 cm
  • Guy cables parallel strand bundles
  • Masts steel tubes
  • Roof for Munich Olympics Arena 1972 © sbp/Michael Zimmermann
  • Roof for Munich Olympics Arena 1972 © schlaich bergermann partner

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