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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

" Olympics in China "

Beijing National Stadium or better known as the Bird's Nest was used during
the Summer Olympics of 2008.
Located around the Olympic Green in Pekin, China.
It is dubbed as "bird's nest" because of its innovative grid formation.
The twig-like structural elements and the bowl-shaped roof are the masterpiece of the project.

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The design was awarded to a submission from the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron.
But originated from the study of Chinese ceramics by Artist Ai Weiwei.
The roof itself is retractable and lots of steel structures were used in this stadium.
The stadium appears to be quite profitable, drawing some 20,000 to 30,000 people a day at the price
of a 50 yuan admission.

We were lucky to have a closer look at this place even if the weather's foggy and there's not enough time.
I think the interior is even more awe-inspiring, which I'll try to post next time.

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15 comments :

  1. I love how you capture the 'nest' reflected in the water.

    O for Onoko Run

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  2. That "birds nest" structure really amazes me. Happy weekend!

    ABC Wednesday~O

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  3. that is an amazing structure, great post

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  4. What a brilliant shot of the bird's nest. I would love to see it myself some day.

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  5. Great shot of the reflection.

    I DID OLYMPICS, too.

    ROGER, ABC Wednesday team

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  6. What a beautiful shot of the stadium. The reflection makes it perfect. I didn't know all the stats about it. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I unfortunately did not have a chance to stop at the Olympic sites when I was in Beijing last year. They do look quite impressive, especially as someone who appreciates modern architecture.

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  8. That must be the biggest nest in the world. :)

    The reflection of it in the water is simply stunning.

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  9. what is it for now or is it an empty nest?

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  10. Wow! that is impressive, the reflection is just fantastic.

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  11. Wonderful photo of the nest, I think your foggy day adds to the effect as it seems to float in its own space.

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  12. wonderful reflection..well framed..

    Thanks for the comments :)
    Have a nice time.

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  13. Spectacular stadium ... and photo! :-)

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