Beijing Olympics: National Stadium
Beijing National Stadium
Beijing'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.
Beijing's National Stadium under construction
The National Stadium after completion in 2008
The National Stadium aka the Bird's Nest illuminated at night
Read about the opening of the National Stadium in Beijing