Schwimmhalle, Munich, Germany

Behnisch & Partner
Date Built

The Olympic Schwimmhalle was built for the 1972 Summer Olympics held in Munich. 

The venue was home to swimming, diving, water polo and the swimming element of the modern pentathlon.  At that time it was capable of accommodating 9000 spectators but following the Olympics that was reduced drastically to 1,500. 

As with much of the rest of the Munich Olympic site, the Schwimmhalle was draped beneath a unique tent-like structure made up of a lightweight stressed-skin structure supported by a series of steel masts.

The Schwimmhalle's claim to fame is that this was the venue for the amazing achievements of the US swimmer Mark Spitz who won 7 gold medals in this pool.

The Olympiapark website says that, "... Even more than four decades after the summer games, the Olympic swimming pool still offers the best conditions for top athletic performances.  In addition, the visitors will also be attracted by the jumping towers between one and ten meters high, the Olympic saunas, a fitness center and numerous massages."

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