Concept designs for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China
The design creates an image of a floating water lilly, surrounded by petals and blossoms, emerging in a gently undulating pond. The stand installations are built for fixed as well as temporary seating with optimal viewing positions. After its dismantling, a very unique leisure park will be developed.
On the "roof" of the stands, offering a grandiose, stairs and elevators access this panoramic sky-garden independent of the internal Stadium function. The 45-meter slanted, outer glass skin thermally encircles the Stadium and all its exterior functional and circulation areas and creates an equally dynamic and peaceful, outer form.
The lightly inclined roof skin, consisting of transparent air cushions resting on a light, pre-stressed cable roof structure, is unique in this dimension.
The central roof can be completely opened to a diameter of 130 meters. The unobstructed view of the spectator through the transparent roof skin, despite the indoor-arena-quality, is a world-class novelty.
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