Real Architecture: Jacques Herzog, Herzog & de Meuron, presents Olympic Stadium, Beijing

8 April 2008

  • Jaques Herzog presents. Courtesy Jack Goffe.
  • Jaques Herzog and Rowan Moore in conversation. Courtesy Jack Goffe.

As the process of building the London Olympic stadium starts, Herzog and de Meuron's design for its Beijing counterpart will be under scrutiny for the second talk of the series. The steel latticed structure stands striking against Beijing's urban landscape leading the Chinese to nickname the stadium "Bird's Nest" in the very early stages of the project. The important principle throughout the design process has been to develop an architecture that will continue to be functional following the Games in 2008, in other words, to create a new kind of urban site that will attract and generate public life in this part of Beijing.

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