Olympic Stadium, Berlin

Together with the Olympic Park of the former "Reich Sports Field", Berlin's Olympic Stadium forms one Europe's most important sports facilities. Its repair and modernisation for the 2006 FIFA World Cup called for architectural respect and sensitivity.

The design by gmp architects treats the Olympic Stadium as the central feature of the ensemble of monuments in the urban landscape. It takes up the overarching spatial elements and reinforces existing relationships. The strategy responds to the needs of monument preservation as well those of modernisation and users' requirements.

The striking line of sight from the stadium interior through the Marathon Gate to the Bell Tower is not obscured by the new roof construction but stressed by it. By leaving a gap in the roof at the Marathon Gate end, the architects created a unique roof shape. The Berlin Olympic Stadium shows an outstanding quality of stadium conversion.