Russia's 2014 olympic stadium will have a crystal sky

Having a crazy stadium to host the Olympics in seems to be the order of the day after all that fanfare in Beijing. Not to be upstaged, the venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia will be just as wild. Designed by the architects at Populous, the most striking feature is the crystalline canopy that will shade the 40,000-seater stadium, though its real function isn't quite clear.

"Its sweeping form responds to both its coastal location and mountainous backdrop," John Barrow, Populous senior principal, told Inhabitat. "ts sweeping form responds to both its coastal location and mountainous backdrop, whilst its crystalline skin engages with its surroundings by day, and provides an iconic representation of the colour and spectacle of the games when illuminated at night." Populous also bid and won to design the 2012 Olympic Stadium for London.

Well, shoot — it's almost 2010 already. With a design as fancy as that they should probably get on it.

Populous, via World Architecture News, via Inhabitat