Trip Start Jan 07, 2007
71Trip End Apr 02, 2007
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For those of you who don't know who Calatrava is (ok, so anyone who isn't an architect) he is a guy that practices in Switzerland with both an architectural certification as well as a structural engineer certification. His style consists of using complex structural elements and exposing them to the point where everyone can understand what he is doing and why he is doing it.
The stadium that housed the opening and closing ceremonies, he didn't design, but the roof structure is his
The Velodrome was another building of Calatrava's, and we were all bummed to discover it was closed to the public (and is hardly used for anything now). The exterior architecture was gorgeous, so I enjoyed that, and the interiors looked really sharp. There was a pedestrian bridge of Calatrava's a few metro stops away, so we saw that too. This guy is really good at architecture.
After we were dismissed for the day, I blitzed over to see the Olympic stadium from the 1896 games. A simple stadium, it is fascinating to see how far the games have come and how far architecture has come over the last 108 years.
Yes, I am still humming the Olympic fanfare and theme.