Frei Otto

1925 - 2015

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Frei Paul Otto (German: [fʁaɪ ˈʔɔtoː]; 31 May 1925 – 9 March 2015) was a German architect and structural engineer noted for his use of lightweight structures, in particular tensile and membrane structures, including the roof of the Olympic Stadium in Munich for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Otto won the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 2006 and was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2015, shortly before his death. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frei Otto has received more than 229,587 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Frei Otto is the 73rd most popular architect (down from 64th in 2019), the 694th most popular biography from Germany (down from 576th in 2019) and the 6th most popular German Architect.

Frei Otto is most famous for his work in the field of tensile structures. His first major project was the roof of the Munich Olympic Stadium, which was designed to look like a tent and to be supported by air pressure.

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Among architects, Frei Otto ranks 73 out of 424Before him are Arnolfo di Cambio, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, Jože Plečnik, Charles Garnier, Peter Zumthor, and Jean Nouvel. After him are Vincenzo Scamozzi, Hector Guimard, Ferdinand Cheval, Gottfried Semper, Joseph Maria Olbrich, and Josef Hoffmann.

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Among people born in 1925, Frei Otto ranks 52Before him are Bert Hellinger, Andrea Camilleri, Jacques Delors, Celia Cruz, Ernesto Cardenal, and Anastasio Somoza Debayle. After him are Barbara Bush, Roy J. Glauber, Milton Obote, Juan Alberto Schiaffino, Robert Rauschenberg, and Baruch Samuel Blumberg. Among people deceased in 2015, Frei Otto ranks 40Before him are Wes Craven, Alcides Ghiggia, Tariq Aziz, Günter Schabowski, Benedict Anderson, and Yves Chauvin. After him are Pierre Brice, Charles H. Townes, Faten Hamama, Irwin Rose, Maureen O'Hara, and Yoichiro Nambu.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Frei Otto ranks 694 out of 5,289Before him are Franz Ziereis (1905), Werner von Haeften (1908), Heinrich Hoffmann (1885), Wilhelm Bittrich (1894), Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche (1846), and Walter Scheel (1919). After him are Andreas Baader (1943), Josef Albers (1888), Karl Theodor, Duke in Bavaria (1839), Max Wolf (1863), Maurice de Saxe (1696), and Günther Prien (1908).

Among ARCHITECTS In Germany

Among architects born in Germany, Frei Otto ranks 6Before him are Albert Speer (1905), Walter Gropius (1883), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886), Peter Behrens (1868), and Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781). After him are Gottfried Semper (1803), Arno Breker (1900), Leo von Klenze (1784), Peter Parler (1330), Robert Koldewey (1855), and Hans Scharoun (1893).