Editor's Note: This article was originally published on July 24, 2012. We've republished the images here in honor of today's opening ceremonies at the Sochi Olympics.

It's now only a few days before the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in London, and we at ARCHITECT have put together a sample of some of the iconic stadia of previous games, as captured by the lenses of Esto's photographers. Tokyo's 1964 Games featured the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium by the Pritzker Prize–winning Fumihiko Maki, among other notable projects. In 2004, Santiago Calatrava's Olympic Stadium stole the spotlight with its dynamic retractable glass roof and curvaceous form; he also designed the Velodrome for that year's games. Beijing's 2008 Olympiad saw the first collaboration between Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, which yielded the Bird's Nest, while Michael Phelps dominated the swimming at the Water Cube.

For more coverage on this year's Olympic buildings (and a chance to earn 1 LU hour of AIA/CES credit), check out Aaron Seward's post.

The Beijing National Olympic Stadium for the 2008 Olympics, aka the Bird's Nest, by Herzog & de Meuron with Ai Weiwei.

The Beijing National Olympic Stadium for the 2008 Olympics, aka the Bird's Nest, by Herzog & de Meuron with Ai Weiwei.

Credit: © David Sundberg / Esto


The Bird's Nest under construction before the 2008 Olympics.

The Bird's Nest under construction before the 2008 Olympics.

Credit: © Tim Griffith / Esto


The Beijing National Olympic Stadium (Bird's Nest) during the 2008 Olympics.

The Beijing National Olympic Stadium (Bird's Nest) during the 2008 Olympics.

Credit: © David Sundberg / Esto


Tokyo Olympic Facilities, Metropolitan gymnasium for the 1964 Olympics.

Tokyo Olympic Facilities, Metropolitan gymnasium for the 1964 Olympics.

Credit: © Ezra Stoller / Esto


Tokyo Olympic Facilities for the 1964 Olympics.

Tokyo Olympic Facilities for the 1964 Olympics.

Credit: © Ezra Stoller / Esto


Wu Ke Song Basketball Stadium, Beijing China, by the Beijing Architecture Research Institute.

Wu Ke Song Basketball Stadium, Beijing China, by the Beijing Architecture Research Institute.

Credit: © David Sundberg / Esto


Athens Olympic Sports Complex for the 2004 Olympics, by Santiago Calatrava.

Athens Olympic Sports Complex for the 2004 Olympics, by Santiago Calatrava.

Credit: © Alan Karchmer / Esto


Athens Olympic Sports Complex for the 2004 Olympics, by Santiago Calatrava.

Athens Olympic Sports Complex for the 2004 Olympics, by Santiago Calatrava.

Credit: © Alan Karchmer / Esto


Athens Olympic Sports Complex for the 2004 Olympics, by Santiago Calatrava.

Athens Olympic Sports Complex for the 2004 Olympics, by Santiago Calatrava.

Credit: © Alan Karchmer / Esto


Beijing National Aquatics Centre for the 2008 Olympics, aka the Water Cube, by PTW Architects, CSCEC International Design, and Arup Engineering.

Beijing National Aquatics Centre for the 2008 Olympics, aka the Water Cube, by PTW Architects, CSCEC International Design, and Arup Engineering.

Credit: © David Sundberg / Esto