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Modern Architectural Masterpieces in Beijing -Trendy to the core

A haven for designers and architectures, Beijing in China is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and certainly has much to be proud of when it comes to modern architecture.

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National Stadium

Built for the Olympics in 2008, this building has a bold look to it and was designed by Herzog & de Meruon, two Swiss architects who'd won the Pritzker Prize. This building truly changed the essence of Beijing during the Olympics as everyone expected a traditional looking building. This stadium has a dome that is created by a mesh of steel bands and has been an awe inspiring style ever since.

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National Centre for the Performing Arts

Loved by anyone who gets a look at this, this is a gorgeous building that will have you wondering how such a perfect shape was architecturally possible. Made of titanium and glass, this 212 metre long, egg shaped building shines like a huge star on earth at night and can be seen from the tallest buildings in Beijing. The Centre is nestled within a manmade lake and looks like a giant egg made of titanium. The building is divided into three spaces, namely, the Opera House, the Concert Hall and the Drama Theatre. If travellers are tired of spending their evenings in their serviced apartments in Beijing after a day out, stop by at the National Centre and maybe watch a performance or two.

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CCTV Building

The CCTV or China Central Television Building in Beijing will remind you of a monolithic tower in which super villains live. Designed by a Dutch architect, this is the only building in the world that comes close to being as big as the Pentagon. The jagged corners in the towers are made with 10,000 of molten steel and thought it looks like it might topple town any minute, this building is strong enough to withstand earthquakes and most natural hazards. The CCTV can be seen from almost every building in the vicinity and is just a hop and a jump from hotels like Ascott Beijing. The China Central Television office is inside the building, along with studios, theatres, offices and production spaces. The Pritzker Prize winner who designed this building made sure that it will be spoken of years later and even to this day; this kind of modern architecture hasn't been created in most parts of the world.

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T3 Terminal

This terminal at the Beijing Capital International Airport is the biggest and most technologically advanced airport terminals in the world. This terminal was also a part of the Olympics 2008 design project.

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Olympic Forest Park South Gate Station

Being a part of the Olympic branch line in Beijing, the Olympic Forest Park South Gate Station was the subway line specially opened for the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing. The columns in this underground station have been made to look like gigantic trees and the decor is similar to that of the forest design inside La Sagrada Familia Cathedral.

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