Modern Architecture? See it in Beijing, China

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National Stadium in Beijing, China

National Stadium Roof Structure, Beijing, China
Modern Architecture in Beijing: The Beijing Olympic Stadium National Stadium Roof Structure, Beijing, China. Photo © Andrew Wong / Getty Images

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A mesh of steel bands forms the dome of the National Stadium in Beijing, the Olympic Stadium built for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

The National Stadium in Beijing, the Beijing Olympic Stadium, was designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.

Learn More: National Stadium in Beijing

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National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing

National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing
Modern Architecture in Beijing: The National Grand Theater National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, known as The Egg. Photo © Tom Bonaventure / Getty Images

The titanium and glass National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing is informally called The Egg. Find facts below.

Formally known as the National Grand Theater, the National Centre for the Performing Arts is an oval dome surrounded by a man-made lake. A hallway beneath the lake leads into the building. The theater is one of several bold designs constructed for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Facts:

  • 212 meters long
  • 144 meters wide
  • 46 meters high
  • designed by French architect Paul Andreu
  • constructed from 2001-2007
  • located just west of Tiananmen Square and the Great Hall of the People
  • three performing spaces include:
    • The Opera House, at the center of the building, seats 2,398
    • The Concert Hall, located in the eastern part of the building, seats 2,017
    • The Drama Theater, located in the western part of the building, seats 1,035

See interior views:

Source: Beijing Theatre Cultural & Development Co.,Ltd. the trade association for the Beijing theatre industry.

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National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China

Interior view of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China
Modern Architecture in Beijing: National Centre for the Performing Arts Interior view of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China. Photo © Guang Niu / Getty Images

An elliptical dome covers the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

French architect Paul Andreu designed the National Centre for the Performing Arts to be a symbol for Beijing. The theater is one of several bold new designs constructed for the Beijing Olympics. More about the Centre: National Centre for the Performing Arts

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CCTV Building - China Central Television in Beijing

Night exposture of the contorted geometry of the CCTV building in Beijing city lights
Modern Architecture in Beijing: CCTV Building Rem Koolhaas-designed China Central Television CCTV building at night. Photo by DuKai photographer / Moment / Getty Images

The monolithic CCTV headquarters gave Beijing a bold new look for the 2008 Olympics.

Designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the totally unique CCTV building is one of the largest office buildings in the world. Only the Pentagon has more office space. The angular 49-story towers appear about to topple, yet the structure is carefully designed to withstand earthquakes and high winds. Jagged cross-sections made with some 10,000 tons of steel form the sloping towers.

Home to China's only broadcaster, China Central Television, the CCTV building has studios, production facilities, theaters, and offices. The CCTV building was one of several bold designs constructed for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

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T3 Terminal at the Beijing Capital International Airport

T3 Terminal at the Beijing Capital International Airport
Modern Architecture in Beijing: T3 Terminal T3 Terminal at the Beijing Capital International Airport. Photo © Feng Li/Getty Images

Terminal building T3 (Terminal Three) at the Beijing Capital International Airport is one of the largest and most advanced airport terminals in the world.

Designed by Norman Foster, the T3 Terminal building was a major project for the 2008 Olympics.

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Olympic Forest Park South Gate Station of the Olympic Branch Line in Beijing

Olympic Forest Park South Gate Station in Beijing, China
Modern Architecture in Beijing: Olympic Forest Park South Gate Station Olympic Forest Park South Gate Station in Beijing, China. Photo © China Photos / Getty Images

Beijing opened the Olympic Branch subway line for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

What better design for Forest Park than to transform the underground columns into trees and bend the ceiling into branches or palms. This subway station forest is similar to the cathedral forest inside La Sagrada Familia—at least the intent seems to be like Gaudi's vision.

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Beitucheng Station in Beijing, China

Beitucheng Station in Beijing, China
Modern Architecture in Beijing: Beitucheng Station Beitucheng Station in Beijing, China. Photo © China Photos/Getty Images

Beitucheng Station, the transfer station of Line 10 and the Olympic Branch Line, opened for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

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Donchang'an Jie Shopping Centre in Beijing, China

Donchang'an Jie Shopping Centre in Beijing, China
Modern Architecture in Beijing: Donchang'an Jie Donchang'an Jie Shopping Centre in Beijing, China. Photo © John W. Banagan / Getty Images