Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest), Beijing
Designed for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the Bird's Nest, as Beijing National Stadium is known, cost $423 million to build and took less than five years to complete.
The 80,000-seat stadium hosted the Olympic Games' opening and closing ceremonies as well as many athletic events, and has since hosted international soccer games, including the Supercoppa Italiana.
The design and development of the stadium is owed to many, including architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, project architect Stefan Marbach, artist Ai Weiwei, and the Central Asia Development Group.
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