Overhead and Under Foot, Armstrong Products Team With Innovative Architecture at Beijing Olympics
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The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, took place in some of the most extraordinary sporting venues ever built. Armstrong flooring and ceiling products are getting in the games, too, playing important design and performance positions in 11 Olympic venues, including the Bird’s Nest – the innovative main arena – and the aquatic center, nicknamed the Water Cube. In all, 1.5 million square feet of Armstrong products cover floors and ceilings of the Olympic buildings. That’s equivalent to 112 Olympic-size swimming pools.
The Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube
Two of the most notable buildings – the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube – are getting media attention because of their original design. The landmark National Stadium, dubbed the Bird’s Nest, is the main arena for the Games. It represents the traditional Chinese relationship with nature combined with the contemporary spirit of this year’s Olympics. Inside the Bird’s Nest, 100,000 spectators will witness the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies, track and field competitions and soccer matches, and walk on Armstrong flooring.
Designers considered many flooring materials for the Bird’s Nest main lobby. Linoleum excelled in both fire and environmental performance. Armstrong Marmorette linoleum won the job because of our reputation for quality and service excellence. Due to very tight timelines, it took outstanding global teamwork to meet the project’s delivery requirements.
The futuristic National Aquatics Center, called the Water Cube, looks as if it is covered in semi-transparent, blue bubbles. The $150 million, 538,000 square foot structure, called “one of the most significant sports venues in the world” by Zheng Fang, a key architect for the building, features three Armstrong products.
Armstrong flooring and ceiling products are installed in the Water Cube offices and passageways. Armstrong Marmorette linoleum was chosen here, too, after tests for performance and aesthetics. Dune ceilings installed on Suprafine grid also beat the competition based on the system’s excellent humidity resistance, acoustics, overall quality and 30-year warranty.
Other Notable Olympic Venues with Armstrong Product
The Basketball Gymnasium was built with environmental conservation in mind. Armstrong Marmorette linoleum, made from renewable raw materials, fit the bill. Three of the unusual-looking building’s seven levels are built underground for thermal efficiency. Low-energy LED lights and a rainwater recycling system were installed to conserve energy and water.
The Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center, the National Convention Center and the Beijing Olympic Broadcast Center have installed thousands of square feet of Armstrong building products as well, including ANF and Classic Lite ceilings and Peakform grid. These HumiGuard-protected products perform well in areas with high humidity.
With a product portfolio to meet a broad range of performance, sustainability and design criteria, Armstrong is proud that our products were selected to support these innovative venues at the Beijing Olympics.
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