With the Olympic flame well on it’s way on the journey to Beijing, organizers are gearing up for the big event when the doors open on August 8th. Despite all the action that is yet to come we wanted to take a look behind the scenes and see where this all started. When a city gets awarded with the coveted prestige of hosting the Olympic Games, architects and planners run amok for some time to design the best possible structure to hold masses of people. Not only do these structures have to look modern, sophisticated and cool, but they also have to be safe.
No doubt each of them holds its own in regards to looks and functionality and we can imagine how much sweat and work went into each of these designs.
Please join us as we take a closer look at each of these and learn a little more before we reveal the winner.
The idea behind this theme was to create a simple bridge between new and old, country and people and the world with China as a nation. The roof is created with the image of two single leaves and people could actually mingle on top of the roof after the games as some kind of tourist attraction.
Resembling a floating water lily, this design is surrounded by an imaginary pond, petals and blossoms.
The 45 degree slanted outer glass skin encircles the stadium like a giant skin, offering thermal protection in a peaceful, yet dynamic form. Flexibility and easy access to roads was made possible with this design because of its two tiered construction. The whole design has been proposed to be earthquake sound and provide economic and durable qualities. Aiming for a green legacy this stadium design looks as if it was flown in from outer space.
Symbolizing the great nature of the earth, this design is set against a dreamlike landscape made up of clouds, green hills and sunshine. Designed to look a little like heaven and earth, this stadium acts a little like a celestial vault for the Universe. The translucent and retractable materials used for the roof allow for plenty of natural light within the stadium during the day time and will minimize light consumption up to 50%. The stadiums structure is a concession of interwoven facade that resembles something like a birds nest. With plenty of sunlight filtering through, the roof closes when rain arrives and completes the overall picture. The unique suspending retractable roof is stunning to look at, creating a massive focal point. We shall look in amazement on what Beijing offers to the world and if you are lucky enough, you might even be part of this exciting spectacle.
JUst a thought, does anyone else think that if design proposal 11 had gone through, it would be called the “Take-away Box”?
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It’s main operable roof panels are made up of six moving elements and twelve telescopic roof rail trusses. It is called a Sky Terrace and will enable spectators to climb to the very top of the stadium and see the world from a different perspective. The roof structure consists of a series of trusses supported by four giant trussed-towers, which in turn support the two primary trusses.
Consisting of two separate playing fields that can be changed fast and often if needed the idea behind this was to allow for high quality soccer field turf while not interrupting other type of sports at the same time. The stadium can also be dismantled after the game and turned in to a museum or sports club instead.


What’s really nice is the fact that the roof consists of five circles that not only reflect the five elements of the Chinese philosophy, but also the five Olympic rings.
To further help to create a bird nest look, the spaces between the structural elements are filled with ETFE cushions. This is a stadium designed for athletes allowing them easy access from their accommodation quarters as well as warm up areas. The structural system adapts to the opening and closing of the roof and offers plenty of light.
The amount of calculation that must have been going into them is staggering and all architects involved deserve their own medal before the games even started.
If you have followed the news lately you would have already seen this amazing structure being built. Contact the seller- opens in a new window or tab and request a shipping method to your location.
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With a little over 120 days to go until the gates open to the Olympic stadium, much will have to be done. The roof is made of several free flowing forms with Teflon coated Fiberglas and can be opened in different ways to allow for all kind of weather. Due to the membrane used this stadium would offer economy and value for money for any future redevelopments. With incorporated restaurants and future plans for family dining and picnic areas, this design has been created with durability and low maintenance in mind.
The tower itself is surrounded by four windmills which are capable of generating enough power to feed all the needed electricity to the tower. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable.
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