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      The innovative Beijing Olympic Stadium, the National Stadium, is often called the Bird's Nest. Composed of a complex mesh of steel bands, the Beijing Olympic Stadium incorporates elements of Chinese art and culture. Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron collaborated with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei to design Beijing's National Stadium.
       

      Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest)

      Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest)

      Olympic events: Opening & Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, Football final

      Statistics: 36 km of unwrapped steel, 330 metres (1,082 feet) long, 220 metres (721 feet) wide, 69.2 metres (227 feet) tall, 258,000 square metres (2,777,112 square feet) of space, Usable area of 204,000 square metres (2,195,856 square feet), Seating for up to 91,000 spectators during the Olympics. (Seating reduced to 80,000 after the Games), Construction cost approximately 3.5 billion yuan ($423 million USD)

         
      Adjacent to the Beijing Olympic Stadium is another innovative new structure, the National Aquatic Centre, also known as the Water Cube.
         

      National Aquatic Centre (Water Cube)

      The National Aquatic Centre (Water Cube)

      The National Aquatic Centre sets next to Beijing National Stadium in the Olympic Green. The cube-shaped Aquatic Centre is a steel frame covered with a membrane composed of energy-efficient ETFE, a plastic-like material.
      The design of the Water Cube is based on the patterns of cells and soap bubbles. ETFE pillows create a bubble effect. The bubbles collect solar energy and help heat the swimming pools.

      Statistics: 65,000-80,000 square metre floor area, 6,000 permanent seats, 11,000 temporary seats Designed for swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water-polo.

       

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