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Posted in Landmark, News Ink, Peoples' Places, Super-Architecture, tagged 2008 Olympics, Ai Weiwei, Beijing, Bejing Stadium Design Competition, Bird's Nest, China, Guangdong Olympic Stadium, Herzog & de Meuron, news, Olympic Games, Olympic Stadium, Solar PV System, Sports, Stadium, Technology, Video on April 16, 2008| 8 Comments »
Beijing’s $500-million Olympic stadium opens its doors to the media. Finishing touches are still being added to the 91000 seat venue.
Bird’s Nest, as it has been nicknamed, cost more than 500 million US Dollars and took fours years to build. It is called ‘Bird’s Nest’ due to the structural form of its roof. The interwoven structural elements of the facade produce a single surface, upon which further elements are arranged in a chaotic manner to blur the distinction between the primary structure and the secondary structure. The roof is saddle-shaped, and the geometry is developed from a base ellipse of which the major and minor axes are 313 meters and 266 meters respectively. The outer surface of the facade is inclined at approximately 13° to the vertical.
Posted in Architecture, Discussion, Landmark, News Ink, tagged Apple, Architecture, Business, Donald Trump, Economy, FAO Schwarz, Fifth Avenue, Foreclosure, GM Building, Harry Macklowe, Larry Silverstein, Loan, Manhattan, Naming Rights, New York, news, Real Estate, Trophy Property on February 22, 2008| 4 Comments »
$3 billion-one, $3 billion-two, and $3 billion- its is. A building to sell for $3 billion does sound insane but this insanity is nearing to become a reality. Larry Silverstein, developer of ground zero, has bid $3 billion for General Motors Building on Fifth Avenue, in the Manhattan District in New York.
Indeed, with its commanding view of Central Park and its Fifth Avenue address, the building is a trophy property and a symbol of New York corporate power since General Motors moved its boardroom and some 3,300 employees there 40 years ago. Since then, though, G.M.’s presence has shrunk to three floors from 26, and its contractual naming rights for the property expire in 2010.