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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 used mostly for football matches.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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  • Its a stadium so dont have others thing to do than just taking a photograph. does has an amazing architecture. if im not mistaken, near the stadium there's also a museum and worth to visit  more »
  • We took a tour to the stadium and walked around for about an hour or so. Really cool design, unfortunately, we weren't able to go inside but we still enjoyed the outside views. Very modern and huge.  more »
  • The "bird's nest" is a credit to his name and is visually very impressive. Especially in the evening very nicely lit.
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  • A piece of art rather than an architecture , so be seen to be believed. The beauty at night is unparalleled. A must see in Beijing. .
  • I was in Beijing in 2014. We went to take a look at the National Stadium , it is a majestic structure, sadly enough, they dont use it much these days...
  • What a magnificent piece of architecture...wow the stadium looked just as stunning in person as seeing it on screen.
  • Beijing National Stadium, colloquially as the Bird's Nest, is a stadium in Beijing, China. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Located in the Olympic Green, the $423 million stadium is the world's largest steel structure. 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". Ai Weiwei, the artistic consultant, played a critical role in pushing the design to have unique Chinese characteristics. The retractable roof was later removed from the design after inspiring the stadium's most recognizable aspect. Ground was broken in December 2003 and the stadium officially opened in June 2008.
  • Been here with my wife June.2015 huge sports faciluty approx 70 has home for diff sports discipline and a collosal stage to exibit THE VERY BEST OF MANS SKILLS IN SPORTS OF SELECTED FEW REPRESENT