INGEGNO e MITO
A NEW MYTH FOR THE MODERN ATHENS:
THE OLYMPIC STADIUM
The Olympic Stadium covering, a new architectural work and myth for the modern Athens, designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, built by “Costruzioni Cimolai Armando” from Pordenone Italy and photographed by Cesare Genuzio, is the theme of the photographic book published in the occasion of the exhibition “INGENUITY AND MYTH” .
The introduction is written by the Pordenone Province President, the designer Santiago Calatrava, the firm Costruzioni Cimolai Armando and the photographer Cesare Genuzio. It is a sequence of more than 100 pictures that runs through the 18-months-long work, from the planning (that required over 22,000 drawings) to the workmanships in the five Cimolai’s factories; from the 533 shipments on land and sea to the erection of the arches (the biggest ones in the world).
The result is two imposing half-coverings with a surface of over 21,000 square metres, that the whole world will be able to admire on television, since the Olympic Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies, the track-and-field sports competitions and the soccer final competition.
The book describes a masterpiece of architecture, unique in the world for the complexity of the technical solutions adopted, the challenging method of erection and the arches dimensions. It is the result of the work made by Cimolai, an exemple all over the world of high professionalism in engineering.
One chapter of the book is reserved to the ancient Athens and to the Parthenon, an icon of the Classic period, seen as a parallel of the modern Athens and its Olympic Stadium.