Bird’s Nest: Herzog and de Meuron in China
Switzerland, 2008, 88 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Art, Documentary
Language: German, Mandarin, English English Sub-Titles
Saturday October 1, 2011, 2pm at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax.
Post-screening Q&A to follow with China-based architect Scott Findley, Design Partner with 10 Design. Continuing Education credit available for AIA members. Tickets $12 public/$10 DFS members.
Many events for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games took place in the brand new, 100,000-seat National Stadium. Design plans for this massive structure began in 2003, when Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron were selected by the Chinese government to design the new stadium, which because of its curved steel-net walls was soon dubbed by locals as the "bird's nest." BIRD'S NEST chronicles this five-year effort, as well as Herzog and de Meuron's design for a new city district in Jinhua, involving hotels, office and residential buildings. Both projects involved complex and often difficult negotiations and communications between two cultures, two architectural traditions and two political systems. Herzog and de Meuron, the Basle-based architects, find themselves working with China's largest state construction company, Chinese artist and architect Ai Wei Wei, lawyers, and countless government bureaucrats.
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DIRECTOR: Christoph Schaub, Michael Schindhelm