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Favourite Olympic Parks


Favourite Olympic Parks  

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  1. 1. Favourite Summer Games Olympic Park

    • Berlin 1936 (Olympiapark Berlin)
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    • London 1948 (Wembley Empire Exhibition Grounds)
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    • Helsinki 1952 (Helsinki Olympic Park)
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    • Melbourne 1956 (Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct)
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    • Rome 1960 (Foro Italico)
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    • Tokyo 1964 (Yoyogi Park/Komazawa Olympic Park)
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    • Mexico City 1968 (Ciudad Universitaria/Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City)
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    • Munich 1972 (Olympiapark Munich)
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    • Montreal 1976 (Montreal Olympic Park)
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    • Moscow 1980 (Krylatskoye Park/Luzhniki Olympic Complex)
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    • Athens 2004 (Athens Olympic Sports Complex/Hellinikon Olympic Complex)
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    • Beijing 2008 (Olympic Green)
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    • London 2012 (Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park)
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    • Rio 2016 (Barra Olympic Park/Deodoro Olympic Park)
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    • Sydney 2000 (Sydney Olympic Park)
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  2. 2. Favourite Winter Games Olympic Park

    • Lake Placid 1932/1984 (Olympic Center/Lake Placid Olympic Sports Complex)
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    • Squaw Valley 1960 (Squaw Valley Ski Resort)
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    • Innsbruck 1964/1976 (OlympiaWorld Innsbruck)
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    • Sapporo 1972 (Makomanai Park/Mt. Teine)
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    • Sarajevo 1984 (Zetra Complex)
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    • Calgary 1988 (Canada Olympic Park/Nakiska Ski Resort)
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    • Lillehammer 1994 (Stampesletta)
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    • Salt Lake City 2002 (Utah Olympic Park)
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    • Torino 2006 (Torino Olympic Park)
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    • Vancouver 2010 (Whistler Olympic Park)
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    • Sochi 2014 (Sochi Olympic Park Coastal Cluster/Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster)
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    • Pyeongchang 2018 (Gangneung Olympic Park/Alpensia Sports Park
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    • Beijing 2022 (Olympic Green/Zhangjiakou "Ice Ring"/Yanqing Cluster)
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@Sir Rols recommended I create a poll about our favourite Olympic Parks. You can base your decision off of overall design, personal experiences visiting, aesthetics, legacy for the city, what it did for the Olympic Games, or just pure vibes! What do you think is the future of Olympic park design? I do really love the design of the games and I think this would be great! It can also tell us a lot about the games themselves. For the Summer Games, I included any venue clusters that had a traditional "Olympic Park" (think Rio 2016: Barra and Deodoro). For the Winter Games, I also included those typical "ice sports" parks, as well as some of the "snow sports" clusters if the snow sports were not too spread out. I excluded any games that did not develop traditional olympic parks (Sorry Tokyo 2020). Take your pick at which! 

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I can only speak really for the Summer Games parks, I haven’t really been or payed much attention to the Winter ones.

i voted Melbourne, but more for the state it is in now - I don’t think it was as developed or complete in 1956 as it is now. As it exists in 2024, it really is an incredible, amazing and green sports precinct adjacent to the city centre. It’s a spectacular Olympic Park just ready and waiting. Truly a jewel of the city.

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I also give very honourable mentions to London’s Queen Elizabeth Park and Munich’s Olympiapark, both beautiful parks that have so well blended their landscapes with their sporting assets. If they had Melbourne’s location, they’d both give it a run for their money. And Sydney’s, incorporating Bicentennial Park on its fringes (which was developed in tandem with the sports precinct) has been a great gain for this city in terms of both the venues and the recreation space it’s offered our inhabitants.

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7 minutes ago, Sir Rols said:

London’s Queen Elizabeth Park and Munich’s Olympiapark, both beautiful parks that have so well blended their landscapes with their sporting assets.

Agreed!

 

7 minutes ago, Sir Rols said:

Sydney’s, incorporating Bicentennial Park on its fringes (which was developed in tandem with the sports precinct) has been a great gain for this city in terms of both the venues and the recreation space it’s offered our inhabitants.

One of the best examples of legacy done well. It takes this kind of investment for the Olympics to truly be transformative for a city. It does not look like we'll be getting this type of legacy because of the low levels of investment the new norm encourages. 

 

11 minutes ago, Sir Rols said:

It’s a spectacular Olympic Park just ready and waiting. Truly a jewel of the city.

Could not agree more! Melbourne also has the Albert Park Venues. Melbourne 2056 maybe?

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LA32/84/28's expo park snubbed 😿 (to be fair it's only held like 2 venues max each time... not exactly a fully fledged olympic park like the others)

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This  is such a far-stretched poll even for GB.  I mean, even IOC members probably have gone to 4 or 5 -- and only they would be qualified to vote.  All those here would just go by renderings -- whether complete or not -- so what kind of valid votation is that?? :blink:

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Most of us would be lucky to have attended one OC, much less more, to compare them live. But it hasn’t stopped us scrutinising, comparing and ranking opening ceremonies. Ditto for just about anything we rank or poll here… up to and including whole editions of the Games themselves. Many here would likely have enough info, and been keen enough to study them, to make some informed judgements- or at least have a favourite.

That said, I wouldn’t have made it a poll as such, more a discussion of Olympic Parks in general and which one’s we’ve liked, or heard negatives about (I remember people here who went to the games in 2008 saying Beijing’s was big, but a bit barren, lifeless and sterile). It’d be interesting to hear the thoughts of people who experienced such parks either at games time or visiting at other times.

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I’m a bit said Tokyo’s Harbor Development Cluster cannot count as an Olympic park. That was certainly a nice cluster, though I am confused at why they would use much of the development space around the already space-limited harbor for the Olympics. Is no one here a fan of the Pyeongchang venues? Rio had so much potential, but a lot of that went to waste.

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Is anyone else a fan of the actual park Beijing connected to their Olympic Green? 

Also, anyone notice how at Sydney and Athens, most venues were made out of exposed metal roofs and walls, had those exposed railings. In Beijing and London, we see hero architecture that does not have those venues made out metal and exposed in that way (don’t think I’m explaining this correctly but see the images below). In Rio, we see a return to Sydney and Athens at least inside the venues (some Rio facades were made really well). In beautiful Tokyo (my fav games had it not been for the pandemic), we see hero architecture once more. The pictures are all from venues specifically built for the games. Quite the evolution.

Sydney for you...notice how industrial the finishes appear. No hero architecture.

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Athens...notice how the structures are mainly made out those industrial-like metal supports and roofs. Also barely any hero architecture.

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It's Beijing's now. The finishes are much less industrial. Definitely a lot more hero architecture. No more exposed metal to be seen. Finishes have been upgraded.

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London...same story as Beijing.

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In Rio, the facades of the Carioca Arenas are definitely less industrial than the facades of Sydney and Athens. But once inside, you see the same story of exposed structures, metal roofs to be seen, industrial beams out of nowhere. 

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Oh Sweet, Beautiful, Glorious Tokyo. What a great games you would have been. Amazing city, amazing venue design, amazing atmosphere. You should have your time to shine once more. After Rio 2016, the Olympics would have definitely been "back" with an amazing games in Tokyo. The images speak to themselves. Premium finishes, no exposed structures and metal roofs. Tokyo, you amaze me every time I think about the games that should have been!

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Athens OAK was initially built in the 80s. That might explain the “industrial look”.

But the outside did have its “architecture heroic” moment with the work done by Calatrava.

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Sydney's Aquatic Centre needs to be appreciated from the outside. You must remember that this building was completed a full 6 years ahead of the 2000 Olympics. Not bad for a 30 year old structure...

Its actually nestled into a small hill, and has quite a beautiful sense of arrival-- you enter through a short tunnel and then into a huge expanse under a massive, light roof. Easily one of the most beautiful and well thought out Olympic aquatics venues since Munich.

 

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You gotta remember, functionalism was really one of the dominant strands in public architecture in the nineties and noughties, so those Sydney and Athens examples are very much of their times.

Personally, unless I’m in the Sistine Chapel, I’m not really paying too much attention to the ceilings - many more times so watching an Olympics where I’ll be more focussed, after the sports action, on the “look” on the banners and cladding and sidings (not as if broadcasters train the cameras up on the ceilings anyway).

I’m the first to admit Sydney didn’t make any grand architectural statements or grandiosity. I thought Stadium Australia again was pretty standard stadium design of its times. As a visitor and some times user of the Aquatic Centre, though, I think I think it’s actually a lovely facility. But again, I don’t believe it’s the architecture of the venues that “makes” an Olympics (it’s actually surprising how many venues at any games just use scaffold bleachers). It’s the atmosphere within those venues that make the difference.

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