Herzog & de Meuron. Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest)

:   :  : ::: THE FACT
  • All thousands of tons of steel were made in China, making the stadium the largest steel structure in the world.
  • for the design, the team studied chinese ceramics

:   :  : ::: THE QUOTE
Why does a Chinese bowl or a Chinese window have this kind of pattern? Maybe the Chinese people like things to appear in this irregular way, but underneath there are very clear rules. The Bird's Nest developed in this way.
 - Li Xinggang, head architect of CADG

 :   :  : ::: THE CRITIC
Although China’s burgeoning wealth owes much to its export industries, for the Olympics the country has been content to play the reverse role, buying the most futuristic architecture that the rest of the world has to offer, rather than showcasing native talent.


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