May 25, 2003
Nice tries

I'm not sure if I'm going to like this, but it looks like a really good effort.

In general, I have a personal architectural category called something along the lines of "They tried but, for me, it didn't work." Example: the Channel 4 Headquarters building in Horseferry Road, just near where I live. And I fear that this Beijing Olympic Stadium could end up in that category.

But the funny thing about architecture is: until it's built you can't tell. You just can't. It's like the movies. Until it opens, you don't know.

But, at least you can try, and with this stadium, someone is really trying.

My fear is that it is going to look like one of those lampshades which you make by wrapping string round a balloon and then popping the balloon.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 01:39 AM
Category: Architecture