This special issue of The Arup Journal focuses on The Beijing National Stadium. Our sports architecture and engineering specialists share their story of designing the striking ‘Bird’s Nest’ – the main venue for the 2008 Olympics.

Articles in this edition include:

  • an examination of the architectural design concept
  • an exploration of the stadium's geometry and seismic design of the roof
  • a look at the roof cladding and acoustic ceiling
  • detailing the thermal comfort within the stadium

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The Arup Journal 2009 - Issue 1