Bird’s Nest: Beijing’s striking Olympic Stadium

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With natural cooling and lighting capabilities, the Bird's Nest is energy efficient.

Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the new Beijing Olympics National Stadium is the most striking of a series of spectacular architectural projects designed for the city.

The 100,000 seat structure represents the most innovative stadium design since the free-form tent structure used for the Munich Olympic stadium of 1972 and might  eclipse London’s planned stadium for the 2012 Games.

The apparently reandom steel structure, dubbed for obvious reasons the bird’s nest, is an instantly recognisable landmark and a setting in which spectators will be made to feel part of the event. [1]

With natural cooling and lighting capabilities, the Bird’s Nest is energy efficient. A 24-hour per day rainwater collector is located near the stadium; after water is purified, it is used throughout and around the stadium.[2] Pipes placed under the playing surface gather heat in the winter to warm the stadium and coldness in the summer to cool the stadium. [3]

The architects Herzog and De Meuron extracted inspiration for the design of the new Olympic stadium in Beijing. This consists of 41875 steel “twigs” and translucent panels of tetrafluoroethylene that has the same insulatian functions as mud, plumes and mosses in a bird’s nest.

The structure is 69 meters high and 320 m long and can accommodate 91000 spectators.

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[1] Brit Insurance. Design of The Year 2008. London Design Museum

[2] A green Bird’s Nest”. National Stadium (The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games). Retrieved on 2009-06-29.

[3] Bird’s Nest: Personalized design furnishes best experience for the audience”. National Stadium (The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games). 2008-06-28. Retrieved on 2009-06-29.

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