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Beijing National Stadium
Olympic Stadium
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DESIGNER
 
 
Herzog & de Meuron
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá]
Municipality
Beijing
Town
Beijing
Address
N 4th Ring Rd Middle (Olympic Park)
 
 
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MAP
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Sports buildings
Stadiums, grandstands
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2003    
Realisation
2003 - 2008
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AWARDS
 
2009
RIBA Lubetkin Prize
2009
IOC/IAKS Award
International Olympic Committee
International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS)

category: “stadia”
2008
Design of the Year for Architecture
Design Museum
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THE BUILDING IN CINEMA
 
Title
  Ai Weiwei. Never Sorry
Directed by
Alison Klayman
Nationality
Germany
Year of production
2012
Cast
Danqing Chen, Ying Gao, Changwei Gu, Ai Weiwei
Building's role
Marginal
Annotations
www.aiweiwei-neversorry.de
Title
  Bird's Nest. Herzog & de Meuron in China
Directed by
Christoph Schaub, Michael Schindhelm
Nationality
Switzerland
Year of production
2008
Cast
Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Ai Weiwei, Dr. Uli Sigg, Dr. Yu Qiu Rong, Li Xinggang, Stefan Marbach, Li Aiqing, Prof. Zhi Yin, Fang Hangting
Building's role
Considerable
 
Annotations
Building between two cultures, two architectural traditions and two political systems: the documentary by Christoph Schaub and Michael Schindhelm shows two very different building projects in China by the Basle-based star architects Herzog and de Meuron: the National Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and an entire district in the town of Jinhua. One is tailored to China's international appearance; the other caters for the daily needs of the population.
China is changing fast. More building work went on in China last year than in the whole of Europe over the last few years. Internationally reputed architects are in demand.
The Basle-based star architects Herzog & de Meuron (Tate Modern in London, Allianz Arena football stadium in Munich, De Young Museum in San Francisco, among other projects) have been commissioned to build the National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics. The two architects have another project in progress in the Chinese province, where they are building an entire district for 300,000 people in Jinhua, a city with 3 million inhabitants. This project caters for the daily needs of the Chinese population.
The documentary by Christoph Schaub and Michael Schindhelm shows how the Chinese culture affects the construction work of the architects: The specific architectonic form and the struggle to achieve it give us information about the society, the culture and everyday life in China. "Bird's Nest. Herzog & de Meuron in China" explores how these prestige buildings are being built in China. On the one hand, the documentary attempts to understand the two architects’ very own method of contextual building applied successfully again and again. On the other hand, it explores the Chinese side: their intentions, their expectations, and their strategies in this complex creation process.

Text edit by T&C Film, January 2008
review:  Peter Popp, "Bird's Nest. Herzog & de Meuron in China", Detail 6/2008 [Einfach Bauen/Simple Forms of Construction/Construire simple], "Berichte-Reports" p. 604
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
"Estadio Nacional para los Juegos Olímpicos de 2008/National Stadium, The Main Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games", in Jean-François Chevrier (ed.), El Croquis 152-153, IV-V 2010 [Herzog & de Meuron. 2005-2010. Programa, monumento, paisaje/Programme, monument, landscape], pp. 128-149
Stefania Suma, "Le cattedrali contemporanee del benessere e del tempo libero/Contemporary cathedrals of fitness and free-time", L'industria delle costruzioni 413, maggio-giugno/may-june 2010 [Architetture per lo sport], p. 5 (4-21)
The Arup Journal 44, 1/2009 [The Beijing National Stadium special issue]
Frank Kaltenbach, Christian Schittich, "»...unsere Stadien sind Wahrnehmungs-maschinen zwischen Zuschauer und Spielfeld«/"...Our Stadiums Are Perceptual Mechanisms Between Spectators and the Playing Field"", Detail 9/2005 [Stadien/Stadiums/Equipements sportifs], "Diskussion/Discussion" pp. 900-906
William Wiles, "Every other architecture magazine .... Herzog & de Meuron with artist Ai Wei Wei", Icon 63, september 2008, p. 34
"Nationalstadion in Peking/National Stadium in Beijing", Detail 7-8/2008 [Große Tragwerke/Large Structures/Grandes structures], "Dokumentation/Documentation" pp. 771-779, 895
"Maßgeschneidert", Detail 7-8/2008 [Groß Tragwerke/Large Structures/Grandes structures], "Produkte/Products" p. 880
Alex Pasternack, "National Stadium. Herzog & de Meuron", Architectural Record 7/2008, july 2008 [Beijing transformed], pp. 92-99
"La China olímpica, frente a boicots y temblores", Arquitectura Viva 117, XI-XII 2007 [Zaragoza 2008], "Breves" p. 5
Philip Jodidio, Architecture in China, Taschen, 2007, pp. 66-71
"Pechino Beijing 2008", Domus 860, giugno/june 2003, pp. 34-41
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CLIENT
 
 
Beijing People's Government
National Stadium Co. Ltd.
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 422.000.000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
site ha. 20.29
floor sq.m. 258.000
Dimensions
m. 320 x 300
Height
m. 69
Capacity
100.000 peoples
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Ove Arup & Partners
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STAFF
 
Project
Herzog & de Meuron, Basel
Principal-in-charge
Herzog & de Meuron, Basel
Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Stefan Marbach, Harry Gugger
Project architect
Linxxi Dong, Mia Hägg, Tobias Winkelmann, Thomas Polster, Jean Paul Jaccaud
Design team
competition:
Béla Berec, Antonio Branco, Simon Chessex, Massimo Corradi, Gustavo Espinoza, Nicolas Feldmeyer, Hans Focketyn, Andy Fries, Patric Heuberger, Mia Hägg, Jean-Paul Jaccaud, Stefan Marbach, Daniel Pokora, Christopher Pannett, Mehrdad Safa, Philipp Scharer, Heeri Song, Adrien Verschuere, Antje Voigt

building:
Peter Karl Becher, Alexander Berger, Felix Beyreuther, Marcos Carreno, Xudong Chen, Simon Chessex, Massimo Corradi, Yichun He, Volker Helm, Claudia von Hessert, Yong Huang, Kasia Jachowska, Uta Kamps, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Martin Krapp, Hemans Lai, Emily Liang, Kenan Liu, Donald Mak, Carolina Mojto, Christoph Röttinger, Roland Rossmaier, Luciano Rotoli, Mehrdad Safa, Roman Sokalski, Heer Song, Christoph Weber, Thomasine Wolfensberger, Pim van Wylick, Camillo Zanardini, Xiaolei Zhang
Associate architect
China Architecture Design & Research Group, Beijing
Sports facilities consultant
Arup Sport, London
Structural consultant
Ove Arup & Partners, Hong Kong
Facades consultant
R + R Fuchs, München
Systems
Ove Arup & Partners, Hong Kong
Art intervention
Ai Wei Wei, Beijing
Plastic models, rendering
Artefactory, Paris
Geotechnical
Beijing Survey Design and Research Institute, Beijing
Graphics and signage
New Identity Ltd., Basel
Quantity surveyor
Davis Langdon & Everest
Supervision
CIECC Engineering & Construction Project Management Corp., Beijing
 
 
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