Not really a building built specifically for the Olympics, but it's an amazing structure built in part to handle the additional surge caused by the games. (Photos, video, and detail below).
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Beijing airport’s new Terminal 3 — twice the size of the Pentagon — is the largest building in the world.
Terminal 3's swooping, spacious design bears a subtle dragon motif. Adorned with the colors of imperial China and a roof that evokes the scales of a dragon, the massive glass- and steel-sheathed structure, designed by the renowned British architect Norman Foster, cost 26 billion yuan (3.8 billion USD, 2.4 billion EUR) and can handle more than 50 million passengers a year. The developers call it the “most advanced airport building in the world,” and say it was completed in less than four years, a timetable some believed impossible.
It opened in late February with little fanfare, but also without the kind of glitches that plagued the new $8.7 billion (USD) terminal at Heathrow in London, a project that took six years to complete.
This is the image China would like to project as it hosts the Olympic Games this summer — a confident rising power constructing dazzling monuments exemplifying its rapid progress and its audacious ambition.
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