Monday, October 29, 2007

Beijing National Stadium

beijing olympic stadiumBeijing’s new National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, is a unique, world class and innovative building in its design and appearance. The designers from Swiss group Herzog and De Meuron, Arup Sport and China Architecture Design and Research Group, appear to have been inspired by nature when thinking about the stadium. The design will allow free flow of air around the stadium as well as protection from the wind and rain as needed.

The stadium will seat 91 000 people during the Olympic competition, where the main track and field events will be held. Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies will also be held in the Beijing National Stadium. Restaurants, shops, cinemas, a health club and restrooms are all part of the stadium’s design.

110 000 tonnes of 110mm thick plate steel has been fitted together in such a way that the stadium is said to withstand earthquakes and be the world’s largest enclosed space.

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