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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  • Arsitekturnya lumayan bagus apalagi ketika malam tiba dengan lampu terlihat lebih keren dan indah , di sekitar banyak pohon ginko terlihat indah ketika musim gugur  more »
  • Since you can only view from the exterior, I would not waste much time here, it is huge and a great design, but that's about it.  more »
  • We came to look at the Bird's Next stadium from the outside but my wife really wanted to see the inside of the stadium. We paid the 50RMB to for the basic tour to just get inside the building but were...  more »
  • 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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