Bird’s Nest (Beijing National Stadium)

City: Beijing, China

Year of Games: 2008

Architect: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Stefan Marbach, Ai Weiwei, Li Xinggang

When conceptualizing the structure, the design team wanted something new for China that was both porous and a space for people to collect and watch the events. The curving shape of the building combined with the interwoven bands of metal dashing around its perimeter give the inspiration for the nickname to this building: the Bird's Nest.