The Beijing National Stadium is a defining piece of architecture for 21st Century China. The Olympics have ushered in a new era in Chinese construction history and nothing symbolizes this better than the Bird’s Nest, with its dramatic visual impact and stylistic cues that blend modern steel construction with forms found in nature. The stadium is unique from its look to its operating systems and construction; part of the reason it is such an intriguing building.  The core building systems had to perfectly match the design symmetry and visual look of the stadium, while providing high quality, efficient operations to match the Beijing Olympics’ environmentally-friendly theme. This bold and innovative design successfully combines aspects from China’s past and present, and has been called a “culture-defining landmark”

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