Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Nest

Beijing being the host of the Olympics this year has pulled an architectural stunt to take our breaths away. Well at least it worked on me (and on some movie makers). The stunt is none other than Herzog and De Meuron's National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics (more commonly known as "the nest" since it looks like one). Having visited the site, I couldn't help but notice how some humble construction practices where working in line with the progressive; like in the straw filled blankets, and the messy corrugated sheets that circle the building at close proximity to its outer facade. Nonetheless to say, the landscape pattern on the floor wasn't as presented in the renderings, wherein it continued the pattern of skewed lines on its surfaces. Wonder what went wrong there.

Visually yours,

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