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China’s new revolution
Amanda Ross + Robert Lemermeyer + EnRoute Magazine, September 10, 2007
Paul Andreu_National Grand Theater
Paul Andreu_National Grand Theater
 
Whimsy on a restaurant menu may be small potatoes (or “cute little purple potatoes,” one of my favourite menu translations), but the logistics of navigating Beijing as a non-Mandarin speaker are less amusing. Miscommunication thwarts my plan to visit some of the high-concept examples of Olympic architecture, like the new National Aquatics Center. Nicknamed Water Cube, it has a radical translucent exterior, where fantastically crystallized translucent bubbles form a greenhouse-like canopy over the pool. I also miss out on the National Stadium, Swiss superstars Herzog & de Meuron’s creation. Dubbed Bird’s Nest, it has 36 kilometres of intricate steel latticework that look like randomly criss-crossing twigs.

Paul Andreu_National Grand Theater
Paul Andreu_National Grand Theater
 
Herzog & Meuron_Stade Olympique National
Herzog & Meuron_Stade Olympique National
 
Beijing Olympic Stadium
Beijing Olympic Stadium
 
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