Frei Otto

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Birthday
31, 1925
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Mar 9, 2015 (89)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
31, 1925
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Mar 9, 2015 (89)

About

Architect and engineer specializing in lightweight structures; designed the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne and the roof of the 1972 Munich Olympic Arena. He was influenced by Australian architect Barry Patten.

Before Fame

He was a fighter pilot in World War II, drafted into the Luftwaffe during the waning years of the conflict. He then took up studies in the United States, coming under the influence of Erich Mendelsohn, Mies van der Rohe, Richard Neutra, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Trivia

He founded the Institute for Lightweight Structures at the University of Stuttgart.

Family Life

He was born in the town of Siegmar, which became a part of Chemnitz in 1950.

Associated With

He and Eero Saarinen were both world-famous architects.