Munich Olympic Stadium
City: Munich, Germany
Year of Games: 1972
Architect: Günther Behnisch
The stadium's sweeping glass and steel canopies represent the first large-scale use of this kind of design. The architect took inspiration from the Alps, while also wanting to effectively offer a counterpart to the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics under the Nazi regime. The canopy was envisioned to symbolize the new Germany, which was echoed in the official motto of that year's Olympics: "The Happy Games."
Despite the dark legacy granted the event by the Munich Massacre of September 5, 1972, the Stadium remains evidence of the positive intent of the Olympics as a cultural connector.