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Habitat Olympia | Nick Frank
Nick Frank Photography
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Habitat Olympia

The Challenge

This illustrated book is an attempt to capture what the Olympic Village is all about from the point of view of its inhabitants: an extraordinary attitude to life that arises from extraordinary architecture. A photo essay with 194 pages published by Volk Verlag. Can be ordered via Amazon.

Client

Free project

Period

2015

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Planned and built for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, the Olympic Village with its buildings and facilities was intended to be used intensively beyond the Olympics - namely as a residential complex presenting contemporary forms of housing and urban development. The Olympic Village is a utopia that has become reality: a residential area in the countryside, not far from the city center, with all facilities for around 10,000 residents. The three residential arms, extending mainly to the southwest, meet at the village center. The paths of pedestrian and vehicular traffic are consistently separated by a pedestrian level and underground roadways. The terraces give residents the opportunity to experience more sun and more sky. From here, the expanse is defining, but immediate views of the immediate surroundings are also possible. This impressive illustrated book is an attempt to capture in photography and text what the Olympic Village is all about, according to its residents: an extraordinary attitude to life that grows out of extraordinary architecture.

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Habitat is a collaboration between photographers Nick Frank,
Christian Vogel and freelance copywriter Anne Berwanger.