Swiss architect Jacques Herzog, who co-designed the giant “bird’s nest” stadium for the Beijing Olympics, said he appreciated being seen as an artist as he received a top Japanese award for art, Praemium Imperiale, given each year to the world’s top artists.
Herzog and Meuron designed the 91,000-seat Beijing National Stadium, nicknamed the “bird’s nest” for its distinctive shell of interwoven steel struts. The stadium is set to be one of the world’s largest when it opens next year ahead of the Beijing Olympics. Herzog and Meuron’s other works include London’s Tate Modern, which they made by converting a disused power station. AFP