Spider – One Year and Counting…
Yep – August 8-24, 2008 is the time-frame for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
I was taking a look at their website today, and was totally amazed at the venues that they are building for this event. Olympic architecture has always been the chance for the host country to demonstrate their progressiveness, to shine in the realm of progressive architecture. Munich did it in 1972,
Montreal in 1976,
Sydney in 2000,
Athens in 2004.
and now, I think that Beijing is stepping forward with some of the most bold and exciting designs ever for an Olympics. I had not seen or heard of any of these facilities until today – and when I saw the conceptions I was just blown away. For China, I am simply amazed. The first is for the Olympic National Stadium – nicknamed “the birds nest”.
The National Aquatic Center known as “The Water Cube”. The sides of the facility are equipped with projections screens will will change images.
The Ying Tung Natatorium,
The Beijing Gymnasium,
The Shanghai Stadium,
The Tianjin Stadium,
and The Birds Nest and the Water Cube complex.
and all I can say is WOW!