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beijing 2008 olympics architecture

Postby Paul Clerkin » Mon Jan 07, 2008 4:41 pm

Some of the new olympic venues for 2008 are certainly outlandish - think of the birdsnest stadium - but the swimming complex is simply massive.

This isn't the illustration I was looking for - there's one in Decembers AR which makes it look like a giant mattress.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:33 pm

Organizers unveiled the "Water Cube" swimming venue yesterday, one of the more stunning structures built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Known officially as the National Aquatics Centre, the Water Cube has been dubbed the "cool" building of the Games. The building's design and its translucent, blue-toned outside skin make it look like a cube of bubbles – like "bubble wrap."

"There are many different buildings in the world and I believe this could be one of the most significant sports venues," said Zheng Fang, an architect and chief of the design team for China Construction Design International.

Forty-two gold medals will be handed out at the Water Cube during the Games, which start Aug. 8.

After a little more than three years of construction, the facility was officially handed over to the Beijing organizing committee, with President Liu Qi on hand.

Liu and Beijing mayor Guo Jin Long both dipped their hands into the competition pool and seemed satisfied at yesterday's brief unveiling ceremony. Guo even put the pool water to his lips.

The venue has 6,000 permanent and 11,000 temporary seats. Like the 91,000-seat National Stadium – the "Bird's Nest," which will be completed in March – both are seen as works of art and will anchor the Olympic Green area.

The exact cost of the building has been shrouded in secrecy, with estimates ranging from $150 million (U.S.) to more than $200 million. Much of the building was financed by $110 million in private contributions.
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Re: beijing 2008 olympics architecture

Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:15 pm

Video footage of the interior of the stadium
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/7350450.stm
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