13 designs were on showcase to the public of beijing, which could vote for their favorite design. 3 designs entered the final. the swiss office of herzog and de meuron captured the hearts of the public with their "nest-like" architecture. the beijing architecture design institute and japanese studio axs were the other two finalists.
the exterior “nest-like” appearance is caused by curved steel-net walls. which enclose the stadium.
the immense structure of the stadium will hold 80,000 seats and construction works will begin by the end of 2003 and be finished before the beginning of the 2008 beijing olympic games where it will have a leading role as national stadium.
architects: jacques herzog and pierre de meuron
location: beijing, china