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Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular (Bird’s Nest Stadium)

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“In China, a bird’s nest is very expensive, something you eat on special occasions.” ~Li Xinggang, Chief Architect

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Costing $428 million dollars, constructed of 110,000 tons of steel, and built by 17,000 workers at it’s peak, the iconic Bird’s Nest Stadium signified Beijing’s coming out party as much as the event it was produced for – the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Though we missed the big event by just a few months, our visit to the Olympic Green Village and the incredible Bird’s Nest Stadium was certainly memorable. Improbable angles, a polluted sky and an impression of awe awaited us there.

There was so much contamination in the air, that the Stadium herself seemed to appear out of nowhere. As we walked slowly through an opaque atmosphere, we were suddenly confronted by a huge bulk (the stadium seats up to 90,000 people), that felt completely light and full of air.

Standing in front of the Stadium, it was clear that the Chinese ceramics inspired Bird’s Nest is very special indeed.

Have you visited Beijing and the Bird’s Nest Stadium? What did you think?

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18 Comments Post a comment
  1. What a unique architecture it is..and the cost to built it says it all 🙂

    November 24, 2014
    • Truly one of a kind, I think. Apparently it was supposed to have a retractable roof, which was scrapped during planning, which would’ve made the cost over $500 million! 😮 CRAZY, right?

      November 25, 2014
      • 😮 indeed..I did not realize how expensive such project could be!!

        November 25, 2014
  2. This is one of my favorite structures, although I’ve only seen it from a tour bus! Thanks for posting It’s perfect for this challenge!

    November 25, 2014
    • It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? We were really amazed seeing it in person. Sadly though, they are having trouble getting much use out of it now. 😦 I read that there’s indoor skiing inside or something. Weird, right?

      November 25, 2014
  3. Great choice for the challenge. 🙂

    November 25, 2014
    • Thank you! I really struggled to find an appropriate pic… nothing seemed quite right, but when I came across these, I knew I’d found the winner. 🙂 Really had to dig back into the archives!

      November 25, 2014
  4. Not your regular angles, but very much awesome in presence. Great pick for the challenge 🙂 . The first shot is my fav.

    November 25, 2014
    • Hi Ruby. Lol…I had so much trouble with this challenge and searched for 3 days to find the right pics, but I had a eureka moment when I found these. 🙂

      November 25, 2014
      • That’s what makes the shot perfect.

        November 27, 2014
  5. What an amazng piece of architecture and so fitting for the challenge. Too bad it’s not getting much use now. That seems to be the sad reality of hosting the Olympics.

    November 25, 2014
    • It is really an incredible building! It does seem to be the curse of Olympic buildings…it’s so weird that it should be that way, when country’s pour so much money into building them. I read once that it’s cuz they build them to be photogenic for cameras, but that they’re not necessarily the best for actual sporting events! Truly sad. 😦

      November 26, 2014
  6. Wow! It’s hard to imagine how they put the steels together. Very fascinating. Crazy too what a country does to get all the glory of hosting the Olympics. You know I love crazies 😀 esp. in the architecture field. Would to see it myself.

    November 26, 2014
    • It’s Swiss-Chinese designed, and really a very beautiful building…much better than the Water Cube, which just looked kind of weird in person. If you love the crazies, you’ll love my next post then..it’s about the Dongdaemun Design Plaza here in Seoul. Amazing complex that was completed last year!

      November 26, 2014
  7. incredible 🙂

    November 28, 2014

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