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    Posted May 2, 2014 by
    Beijing, China
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    Futuristic buildings

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    A Bird's Nest of Olympic Proportions

    Like millions of other people, the first time I saw Bird’s Nest Stadium (officially known as Beijing National Stadium), was during the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

    In 2009, I got the opportunity to see it in person and it was nothing short of being a a very unconventional looking, yet strikingly beautiful building. The building is glass and steel but its design evokes something that is very much organic in nature - the nest of a bird.

    At a glance, it appears that structural beams go every which way but straight—the building slants at an odd angle and the roof curves at very soft angles. It can be hard to tell where the functional part of the structure begins. It wasn't until I glimpsed inside the glass covered portions, that I saw all the elements of a stadium—it’s just the exterior that is so different. Unfortunately, the stadium was closed so I did not have the chance to go inside.

    To complete the look, the ground lamps that light up the sidewalks around the stadium all have gray metal lampshades in the form of a bird’s nest - mimicking the larger structure.
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