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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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  • The famous stadium "Bird's nest" built for Olympic games-2008. The original form was invented by the authors of the project, swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and chinese -Li Xingga...  more »
  • Everyone has probably seen pictures of this stadium (The Birdsnest) but it wasn't until I saw it in person that the massive design brilliance was apparent. It is ENORMOUS. No matter what angle I viewe...  more »
  • Our view of the National Stadium was from a distance across the gardens and I have to say we were impressed.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Visited the national games here last year.Great stadium with lots of facilities inside.Looks like a giant bird's nest.
  • Obviously the best stadium in the whole world , it is as beautiful as it's name , the Olympic 2008 opening ceremony was held here 👍👍👍
  • Awsome stadium, any construction lover has to go here to admire this peace of work.
  • 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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