To create Munich's just-opened Allianz Arena soccer stadium, Pritzker Prizewinning Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron relied upon nearly 2,900 diamond-shaped, translucent "cushions" of durable foil. During matches, the otherworldly façade—which looks more like a grounded spaceship than a playing field—glows in the colors of the home team. Up to 66,000 fans can cheer from three ultra-steep covered tiers—so close to the field, they can practically make eye contact with the kickers. Meanwhile, Herzog & de Meuron continue to be good sports: their Olympic stadium in Beijing is set to open in 2007. 25 Werner-Heisenberg-Allee; 49-89/20050; www.allianz-arena.de.
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