Beijing Vibe: The Bird's Nest
When one first sees the Bird’s Nest in person, the first thing that comes to mind is “wow that looks even bigger in person.” As you draw closer to it you realize what an amazing work of art the building really is and that some serious math had to be involved to come up with the architectural blueprints.
Ai Weiwei, a prominent artist and designer living in Beijing, was hired by the Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron to help create a design for the 91,000-seat stadium.
“I did it because I love design and the idea of how it would be looked at by others,” stated Ai Weiwei.
Once inside the Nest one feels almost at home. Although over 91,000 people are cheering in dozens and dozens of different languages, the seating and layering of the tiers allows for everyone to seat comfortably and take in all the many athletics going on at once.
Officially it’s called the Olympic Stadium, but to everyone around the world it is now called the Bird’s Nest for its aw-striking design. Taking over 52 months to build and $3.5 Billion USD to construct it is something to truly revel over and sets the bar very high for the 2012 Games.
In the works, the stadium is already planning to add VIP skyboxes and hotel rooms so people can actually stay in the stadium while visiting Beijing.
The Bird’s Nest, will hold up to 60 soccer matches and concerts a year to cover its annual maintenance cost of $7 million to $10 million. So it does not look to lose much attention from people around the globe, even though the Summer Games have ended.