Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron have had nearly parallel careers. They were born in 1950, in Basel, Switzerland, attended the same schools, and formed a partnership in 1978. Recipients of the 2001 Pritzker Architecture Prize, their highest profile project to date is the Tate Modern, for which they transformed the giant Bankside power station in London into a suite of new galleries. In 2005 they completed both their expansion and remodeling of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the new de Young Museum in San Francisco, and Munichis Allianz Arena. They are at work on a new concert hall in Hamburg, Germany and the National Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Ai Weiwei: Beijing, Venice, London, Herzog & de Meuronby Weiwei Ai
Describing "The Bird's Nest," the "intoxicatingly" beautiful stadium built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics by Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron in collaboration with Chinese Conceptual artist Ai Weiwei, The New York Times' Nicolai Ouroussoff wrote, "The crisscrossing columns create a Piranesian world of dark corners and odd leftover spaces--an effect that intensifies as you ascend through the structure. Light filters through the translucent roof panels, and a network of drainpipes suspended from the roof adds a tough, utilitarian feel. The feverish play of light and shadows is reminiscent of the set for a German Expressionist film. From your seat, you gaze out at the surrounding skyline, where rows of generic housing towers seem to extend to eternity." This large-format, two-volume set features one book on the construction of the stadium from 2005 to 2008, and another that presents The 24 Hour Series, a sequence of photographs taken of the stadium by Ai Weiwei once an hour for one day and night. Also featured are the major installation created by the artist and architects for the 2008 Venice Biennale of Architecture and related works produced for an exhibition in London in the autumn of 2008.
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