The Bird’s Nest

The centerpiece of the Beijing Olympics, the National Stadium, sits at the other end of the spectrum from my ‘solid’ post! A seemingly light and airy elliptical network of crisscrossing columns and beams, support asymmetric, translucent roof panels that challenge every rule book on architecture! The brief entrusted to architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron was to design a stadium that was…

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