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Beijing National Stadium
Beijing is a city reshaped, and the 2008 Olympic Games will leave a lasting impact on the landscape of one of the most historic cities in the world. Coming at a time of huge economic growth and large-scale
rural-urban migration (legitimate and unofficial) the Olympics has come as a spur for adventurous architecture on an ambitious scale.
For an introduction into the new landmarks reinventing Beijing’s identity check out a new interactive guide from NYT (thanks Rusk for pointing this out). Click ‘play audio’ for a succinct analysis of each project.
The Water Cube - Beijing Olympic National Aquatic Centre At Night
The slide show of the National Aquatic Centre (Water Cube) shows how the beautiful bubbles/cells were generated. One other thing that Bob didn’t know was that there is a water park within the Water Cube that will remain in use after the Olympics – a definite must on the Beijing to do list!
Apart from the Water Cube and the National Stadium – aka the Bird’s Nest – the guide also covers the new Airport terminal, the National Theatre and the CCTV tower.
For more information on the Water Cube and comments from one of the architects of the Bird’s Nest take a look at these past posts.
The Bird's Nest - Beijing's National Stadium
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The Water Cube, less commonly known as the National Aquatic Centre, was officially unveiled today in Beijing. The building will undergo its first test by hosting the China Open swimming championships from Jan 31 to Feb 5.
Things you might like to know:
- The building boasts an LED system with 16.7 million color tones
- It has cost the best part of 100 million Euros and taken over 4 years to build
- It is also the only Olympic venue that is financed by the Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan compatriots
- It will hold up to 17,000 spectators
The official home page is really actually quite good, so check it out for videos and info on the WC. Alternatively try this rather abstract video on youtube for some extra ‘insight’.
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