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Bizarre Buildings Around the World: Beijing National Stadium (Beijing, China)

Updated on October 13, 2011

China was set to launch the 2008 Olympics and wanted something different that they would be remembered by. I think they did a good job on this stadium and it one of the more bizarre buildings ever build by human hands.

The Beijing National Stadium also affectionately known as the” birds nest” because of its unique design has attracted thousands of visitors since it has been built. It was host to the track and field Olympic Games in the summer of 2008. As well as the host seating for the opening and closing ceremonies that was portrayed around the world.

Architect Herzog and De Meuron collaborated with the national Chinese architectural design and research group to provide a competition that spanned the globe. Thousands of entries were received from around the world on what the design should be. Obviously only one was chosen and it was one of the most monumental undertakings in Chinese history.

The structure of the Beijing National Stadium is in a grid like pattern it serves as both part of the structure and has the integrating roofs, stairs and walls all in one cohesive system. The large scale of this operation was raising a lot of questions on waste, energy and efficiency costs all over china. So they made the building a eco green stadium to boot.

Some of the new and innovative green features of this stadium are a rainwater collection system, a roof that is completely translucent so natural sunlight can come in, and a natural passive ventilation system that forces breezes and winds throughout the stadium. With all this technology you would think it would be a warehouse of waste but with these new innovations integrated into the stadium it is quite self-sufficient. The most unique of these is a series of cushions that have the stadium surrounded that help to regulate the sunlight, wind and water flowing into it. They fill gaps to prevent water leaks and fill air holes to make sure no air is lost or no old air is recirculate it is quite the technical marvel.

This building has become an eye catcher not based on the unique architectural design but that of a sculptural design that is pleasing to the eye. With a sculptural sensory input from the building it has become a popular tourist destination in Beijing. There are regular tours throughout the day that you can take and learn more about the building and its creation.

The building holds up to 80, 000 people at a time and many special and distinguished events are held there every year since. The stadium extends up to three hundred and thirty meters long by two hundred meters wide. It was made with unwrapped steel that weighs in about forty-five thousand tons. It even boast a state of the are sunlight collection system on the roof. So if you are looking for green solutions this building has pretty much done it all and it is one of the more bizarre and creative buildings in the world.


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    Sharon Douglas 6 years ago from GA, United States

    Hello Kadmiels

    This building is certainly something different that China built for 2008 Olympics, I am sure that will be a building to be remembered.

    Nice article!

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    Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Very interesting buildingd, they make me think of loosly woven baskets.

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    Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

    It certainly was more than unusual.