A modern nest.

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The world has its eyes on China this week for the beginning of the Olympics. Sharing the spotlight with the athletes will be the quite-incredible National Stadium in Beijing. Designed by the duo Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the stadium has been given the rather appropriate nickname of “bird’s nest.”  The resulting structure is breathtaking and as complex as the nation it’s housed in. The New York Times has a slideshow here.