Posts Tagged ‘beijing national stadium’

The Sport of Commerce

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

The Bird's Nest at night

I’ve not been able to confirm this elsewhere, but is reporting that only six months after opening for the Beijing Olympics, the Beijing National Stadium, or “Bird’s Nest”, is now going to meet the inglorious end of anchoring a shopping mall. This is apparently driven by the high costs of maintaining the stadium, and by the fact that there is only one event scheduled to be held there for all of 2009.

Somebody needs to send a couple very strong drinks about now. I cannot imagine that this is a desired end for this project of theirs.

I had written about the design of this building a few times previously. I have greatly enjoyed the many incredible pictures taken by during her time in Beijing.

Burning The Moon

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Beautiful photographs of the Olympic flame burning atop the Beijing National Stadium, the “Bird’s Nest,” with the moon appearing to be singed as it passes through the flames. The image above was taken by , and is one from a series of photos of this nicely timed opportunity. Click to check them out as her photography is excellent. Most of the images I have used here to feature the new architecture of Beijing have been snapped by toomanytribbles, and I have especially enjoyed her periodic pictures of the CCTV Tower during construction.

Let The Games Begin

Friday, August 8th, 2008

And begin in an incredibly memorable way. Holy crap. A couple breathtaking images of the fireworks display for the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Beijing earlier today. Gorgeous. Below, Beijing National Stadium (The Bird’s Nest) explodes in a crown of thousands of fireworks.

This next image is the Beijing National Stadium again but with the National Aquatics Center in the foreground:

Definitely an impressive display, and all the more because of the dramatic architecture that is the backdrop for the spectacle. Nice work, everyone.

Images are from and I found them via .

44,000 Tons of Steel

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

The Bird’s Nest via toomanytribbles

That would be 44,000 tons of steel and the equivalent of $423 million in construction cost. The Beijing National Stadium (pictured above in a gorgeous photo by ), often referred to as Herzog & de Meuron’s “Bird’s Nest”, is essentially completed after four years of very high profile construction. Though Herzog & de Meuron are usually given credit for the design, credit in fact goes to the incredibly effective team made up of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, ArupSport, and the Chinese Architecture Design and Research Group in collaboration with the team from Herzog & de Meuron. Regardless, this is an incredible project to have pulled off.

It’s a stunning structure. The massive yet delicate quality of the steel skeleton seems to defy the enormous scale of the building. The image below is a detail of the steel super structure while under construction:

Herzog & de Meuron’s Bird Nest detail

I love this image below with the light glinting off of the steel at night:

The Bird’s Nest at night