Friday, August 8, 2008

A Gold Medal for Subversive Architecture?

Or is someone just trying to appease a guilty conscience? SPIEGEL talks to the architect of the Olympic Stadium in China, which was completed this year and is already being depicted on Chinese currency. The primary architects are Swiss, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.

Herzog: We see the stadium as a type of Trojan horse. We fulfilled the spatial program we were given, but interpreted it in such a way that it can be used in different ways along its perimeters. As a result, we made everyday meeting places possible in locations that are not easily monitored, places with all kinds of niches and smaller segments. In other words, no public parade grounds.

SPIEGEL: They exist in front of the arena.

Herzog: But the stadium itself is more like a mountain with all kinds of different routes and paths where people can run into each other in unexpected ways. Although we have done similar things with museums in London and Barcelona, in a country like China these kinds of urban spaces acquire a different, almost political meaning. We think that many people in Beijing will understand it this way and use it for their pleasure...

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