Inhabitat shows a couple of great photos of the stadium that are just being built for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The responsible architects are Herzog and de Meuron.

What we love most about the stadium’s design is its integration of a myriad complex systems all rolled into such an aesthetically and conceptually simple and stunning object. The Swiss architects describe it best, saying, “The spatial effect of the stadium is novel and radical and yet simple and of an almost archaic immediacy. Its appearance is pure structure. Facade and structure are identical.”

The stadium have a couple of green issues that are quite smart; a rainwater collection system, a translucent roof that provides essential sunlight for the grass below, and a natural, passive ventilation system.



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