Architecture + Design Film Fest: Bird's Nest: Herzog & De Meuron in China

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  87 min.
Release Date: July 25, 2008 (limited)

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China is changing fast. More building work went on in China last year than in the whole of Europe over the last few years. Internationally reputed architects are in demand.

Two Swiss star architects are shown working on two very different projects: the national stadium for the Olympic summer games in Peking 2008 and a city area in the provincial town of Jinhua, China. Architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron are literally building bridges between two cultures, two architectural traditions, and two political systems. Their work doesn't simply enhance China's great international debut, but serves the everyday needs of the Chinese population. "Bird’s Nest" presents the Basle architects as they find solutions not in the comfort of an ivory tower but in encounters and friction on the ground.

Director: Christoph Schaub, Michael Schindhelm
Studio: Columbus Film
Producer(s): Marcel Hoehn
Screenplay: Christoph Schaub
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