It seems like it was only yesterday when the Chinese impressed the world with the majestic closing ceremony of Beijing 2008. Sadly, time flies and the countdown for London 2012 is almost over.
Decades after the 1948 Olympics, Britons have an incomparable opportunity to show that their empire might have vanished, but their power and their ability to exceed expectations through innovation is still there, updated with current tendencies, and ready to face the complex challenge.
Architecture is the key word in this task. Only through a magnificent stadium can the forthcoming games stand at the very top of historic Olympics.
Architecture and Olympics have always had a tight relationship, especially since Munich 1972, and every nation has tried to show the best of themselves by building breathtaking avant-garde structures.
Some have failed—shamefully, Atlanta falls into this category. However, many have succeeded—Barcelona, Beijing, Munich, Athens, the list is long and full of supreme examples of art.
No memorable architecture, no memorable Olympics, no significant legacy. It's as easy as that.
Let's take a look at the greatest Olympic Stadiums ever built.