Niaochao National Stadium, Beijing

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Beijing National Stadium, officially the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, is a stadium in Beijing. The stadium (BNS) 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 led by chief architect Li Xinggang. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics and will be used again in the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The stadium is currently mostly unused, after having been unsuccessfully suggested as the permanent headquarters of the Beijing football team. The Bird's Nest sometimes has some extra temporary large screens installed at the stands of the stadium.HistoryLocated at the Olympic Green, the stadium cost US$428 million. The design was awarded to a submission from the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron in April 2003 after a bidding process that included 13 final submissions. The design, which originated from the study of Chinese ceramics, implemented steel beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof; giving the stadium the appearance of a bird's nest. Leading Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was the artistic consultant on the project. The retractable roof was later removed from the design after inspiring the stadium's most recognizable aspect. Ground was broken on 24 December 2003 and the stadium officially opened on 28 June 2008. A shopping mall and a hotel are planned to be constructed to increase use of the stadium, which has had trouble attracting events, football and otherwise, after the Olympics.
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  • August 16, 2017
    As the historical places emanating always exciting for spending that they had, even the Olympian Centre in Beijing has this effect. Built with a sense of grandeur that is affected from the Olympic Center, which exterminated is so large that you don't perceive the end and flanked by some of the stadiums that still impress for greatness and architectural and ' the case of the Niaochao National Stadium created as if it were a jaw-dropping for modernity and architectural complexity , visiting, of course, but it's worth it.
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  • August 12, 2017
    The best way to get there is by subway. Get off at the Olympic Sports Center Station of Route No.8. Then follow the directions in the station, you will encounter a security checkpoint before you find ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Really unique breathtaking architecture of the Birds Nest. Got some excellent photos. Go inside for 120 yuan. It lights up at night too. The Olympic green area gas many nice architecture. Has the wate...  more »
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  • April 4, 2017
    A wonderful open air arena. I went on a drizzly day but it was still very nice. There was a huge screen that was playing highlights from the 2008 Olympics hanging in the field. And also there was something that I had only seen in one other place in all of China, a drinkable water fountian. Its really nice to just walk around for a couple of hours and to climb to the highest seats.
  • July 11, 2017
    Visited the national games here last year.Great stadium with lots of facilities inside.Looks like a giant bird's nest.
  • June 30, 2017
    Obviously the best stadium in the whole world , it is as beautiful as it's name , the Olympic 2008 opening ceremony was held here 👍👍👍
  • June 3, 2017
    Awsome stadium, any construction lover has to go here to admire this peace of work.
  • March 12, 2017
    Managed to see this on a blue sky morning. Quite spectacular. Worth the visit. At night it is all lit up red. Quite stunning.

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