National Stadium, Beijing
by Herzog & de Meuron



Here are a few shots of Herzog & de Meuron's National Stadium in Beijing, China by architectural photographer Iwan Baan. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12.


The stadium, completed in March, will host track and field events and the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympic Games from 8-24 August.


All images are © Iwan Baan and used with permission.



Posted on Wednesday July 30th 2008 at 12:35 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • “Johanna Says:
    July 30th, 2008 at 12:30 pm
    Credit should be payed where credit is due –

    Olafur Eliasson 1999 (5 dimensional pavilion):

    – Word

  • nibby

    well done,great design.
    go hell,”free tibet”,ignorant remarks
    FREE Bayern

  • jj mckay

    Free Puerto Rico. Free Guam.

    Seriously people. Read your history.

  • jj mckay

    oh by the way. Great design HdM. It makes sense it’s in China… only the Chinese would step up to the plate and fund architects like HdM, Rem, and Zaha to build what they REALLY want to build.

    … Free Hawaii as well.

  • chinese CGI

    Bozo, Honkie, matt, Zenza,One —————Hello
    Tibet will never be free, that’s solid truth. and free Tibet is only your day time dream.
    so Face it, you bunch of bugger, or DO sth. apart from being bully in cyber space.
    Cheap courage.

  • diegoflores

    it is unethical for Herzog & de Meuron to hurt tibetan’s feelings.
    Architects should only build in……..mmm they shouldnt build anywhere but their backyards…… backyards? of houses? shit who built those? specialy the ones in USA…

    Nature should destroy humanity for good. Lets just die on a forever going boycot of human activity.

  • psychokid

    what about the dead workers and smashed homes?

  • TL


    Got to see this stadium (behind a wall of security mind you) and it really was impressive, impressive enough to sway my opinion on it. I’m really interested on how the interior works though, you really don’t get much of an impression of it from outside.

    I don’t really understand people’s comments about the sky in the photos, it looks like a typical day there…?

  • its great just great!!!!!…

  • SD

    as long as this is a architecture web, can we focus our topic on the BUILDING other than POLICY?

    btw, mind your own business in your own country please. you have no competence in discussing other countries’ policy while your own is ironically not perfect. who ever was beaten by the 09 eco-crisis, shut up

  • Free your MIND !
    Please.. Can’t wait to see a LASSHA palace inspired building on top of some mountain that was cheap on the market.
    For the rest the Stadium structure is awesome ..sure has more tainting stories attached to it. But what major building does not . be it Paris, New York etc… Work safety ethics isn’t an Asian “forte”