INNOVATIVE SINCE 1928
Back then Amsterdam was obviously much smaller in size, and at the then-edge of the city an iconic building for the Olympic Games arose from the fields. The current Olympic Stadium was the main stadium, temporary accommodations and houses were built around it. The architect Jan Wils designed a very recognisable stadium in the style of the Amsterdam School. The use of red brick, the typical forms and the steel framing for windows and doors are stand-out characteristics of this architectural style. Wils received an Olympic gold medal for the stadium design: the discipline of architecture was still a recognized component of the Olympic Games back then. The same as art, incidentally.
THE OLYMPIC STADIUM IN BRIEF