Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Beijing Oympics has 32 venues to hold the different sport events. Out of these 32 venues, Beijing constructed 12 new infrastructures for the occasion. The most note worthy of them are the National Stadium and the National Aquatics Center.

The Bird's Nest as it's fondly called was designed by a team of architects and engineers who won over various international competitors. After six-months of fierce competition, the consortium formed by Herzog & de Meuron (Switzerland), Ove Arup (UK) and China Architecture Design & Research Group managed to beat out the competitors with a design for a stadium that would resemble a bird's nest, which is now the nickname of the stadium. Genius! Bravo! This is the venue for the opening ceremony.

The interior of the Aquatics Center is surreal! Are those bubble wraps on the ceiling? The "Water Cube" was built in accordance with a water-saving design concept and energy efficient-cost cutting green architectural wonder.

The venue's membrane structure is covered by ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene) air cushions. It is the first of its kind in China and the world's largest and most complex ETFE project. This material is also an economical and water-saving creation. It is also very expensive at 400-500 euros per panel.

The blue-colored "hubble-bubble" material is lighter than conventional glazing structures with the same lighting effect. So the cost of its supporting steel structure was reduced considerably, said Zheng Fang, the top designer of the Chinese-side design company. All I can say is, wow!

Posted by desperateblogger On 8/07/2008 12:01:00 PM 3 comments


  1. super ganda talaga ano? when pa kaya tayo magkaroon ng ganyan, hm...

  2. marites 1034: it's really a great piece of art, architecture and ultra hit-tech machinery and computer.

  3. galing ng preparation ng china, they were undaunted by the earthquake noh....


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