Construction of Olympic Stadium, Beijing, China, 2007

A few months before the Olympic Games, Beijing finds its new face. North of the capital, up to the fifth ring road, Olympic Stadium, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, is finished, expected to be delivered in the spring.

Called « bird’s nest » because of its many branches turned towards the sky, the stadium has a capacity of 90 000 spectators, and is the flagship project of the Olympic zone. Criticized for its lack of progress on human rights, or the lack of transparency in the management of Olympic projects, however it is beyond the timetable for completion of projects.

These Olympics will be the showcase of modern China, and Beijing does not miss this event.

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