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Beijing National Stadium

Bird Nest with firworks at nightBeijing National Stadium is also known as The National Stadium or colloquially as the Bird's Nest. It was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. The Stadium is situated in Olympic Green Village, Chaoyang District, Beijing.

Beijing National Stadium is 330 metres long by 220 metres wide and 69.2 metres tall. The 250,000 square metre (gross floor area) stadium is to be built with 36 km of unwrapped steel, with a combined weight of 45,000 tonnes. Ground was broken in December 2003, construction started in March 2004, and the stadium officially opened in June 2008.   

Beijing National Stadium was a joint venture among architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron of Herzog & de Meuron, project architect Stefan Marbach, artist Ai Weiwei, and CADG which was lead by chief architect Li Xinggang.

The main body's components support each other and converge into a grid formation, just like a bird's nest with interlocking branches and twigs. The outer structure is formed with gray steel covered by translucent membranes, which surrounds a crimson bowl-shaped stand. The entire structure is immersed with an masculine atmosphere.Bird Nest with trees

Bird's Nest

Despite random appearance, each half of the stadium is nearly identical. Due to the stadium's outward appearance, it was nicknamed "Bird's Nest". The phrase was first used by Herzog & de Meuron, though the pair still believes "there should be many ways of perceiving a building." "The use is a compliment." Li explained, "In China, a bird's nest is very expensive, something you eat on special occasions."

The eastern and western stands of Beijing National Stadium are made higher than the northern and southern stands, in order to improve sightlines. A 24-hour per day rainwater collector is located near the stadium; after the water is purified, it will be used throughout and around the stadium. Pipes placed under the playing surface gather heat in the winter to warm the stadium and coldness in the summer to cool the stadium. The stadium's design originally called for a capacity of 100,000 people; however 9,000 were removed during a simplification of the design. The new total of 91,000 would be shaved further when 11,000 temporary seats were removed after the 2008 Olympics; bringing the stadium's capacity to 80,000. The farthest seat is 460 feet from center field. Temperature and airflow of every surface were optimized to increase ventilation.

Beijing National Stadium hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athletic events, and football final of the 2008 Summer Olympics, from 8 August to 24 August 2008. The stadium also hosted the Opening and Closing ceremonies and athletic events of the 2008 Summer Paralympics from 6 September to 17 September 2008. 


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