Being the main architecture of the China’s National Stadium, the Bird’s Nest is located in the south of the central area of the Beijing Olympic Park. It is the main stadium of the 29th Olympic Games in 2008. Covering a floor area of 21 hectares with the architecture area of 158,000 square meters, the Bird’s Nest offers a capacity of 91,000 seats for the audience inside and 11,000 seats for temporary
Audiences. The opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and the Paralympics, the track and field events and the Football final competition are all held here. It has been the large-scale professional site where Beijing citizens wildly take part in and enjoy Sports and Entertainment after the finish of the Olympic Games in 2008. Moreover, it has been the Olympics heritage and the Sports Architecture with the Landmarks character.
Being the world’s largest steel structure and the most complex stadium ever constructed, the construction of the Bird’s Nest began on December 24, 2003, and was completed in March, 2008, whose cost totals more than 423 million dollars, a tiny fraction of the 40 billion USD spent on Beijing in preparation for the Olympics. In order to make it much more magnificent and majestic, it’s built on the city’s north-south axis, which also includes the Forbidden City, Tian’an men Square and the Temple of Heaven.The main feature of the Bird’s Nest is that its eastern and western stands are higher than northern and southern stands in order to improve sightlines. Viewing in outside, you’ll find it unbelievable and unspeakable.
Then significance of the Bird’s Nest, most professors in the area of the architecture think is that is it not only set up a symbolic building with the unique history character for the Olympic games in 2008, it also has creative effect on the history of the world architecture, and provides great historical witness to the development of the architectures for both China and the whole world in 21 century.