The plan for moving the torch tower in Beijing’s iconic Bird’s Nest stadium from the stadium top to the ground has been approved, while some gas equipment and other facilities will remain unchanged. A platform will built in where the torch tower is now located, so visitors can enjoy a better view of Bird's Nest, said the stadium operator on August 12.
The torch tower will be moved to the northeastern corner of the stadium.
The torch tower, located at the upper surface of the stadium 28 degrees east from due north, was laid horizontally before it was put into use. When the Olympic Games started, the tower shifted its position from horizontal to vertical through a driving system. In addition, the tower is about 31.5 meters in height and 46 tons in weight.
As the torch tower was originally designed as a temporary facility, the National Stadium Company decided to renovate and move it to the northeastern corner of the stadium as a permanent facility. In addition, a square centered on the tower covering about 2,000 square meters will also be built.
Renovated torch tower can withstand 8-magnitude earthquakes
According to sources, the renovated torch tower has a designed life of 50 years and can withstand 8-magnitude earthquakes.
Some facilities will remain unchanged
The torch tower to be moved to the ground will be incomplete because most gas and hydraulic equipment will be dismantled, with only a small amount of equipment left unchanged. The joist used to support the tower will be transformed into a platform which can provide visitors with a better view of the stadium.
After the platform is completed, visitors can go to the fifth floor of the stadium, walk across the more than 10-meter-high “Steel Forest,” and stand on the platform to enjoy a good view of the stadium.
A base for storing moveable lawns will be built
The media has recently written many reports on the unsatisfying lawns in the Bird’s Nest. The stadium operator said yesterday that they plan to solve the problem by building a base near the Bird’s Nest for storing moveable lawns, and this measure actually originated from the moveable lawn plan launched during the Beijing Olympic Games. The base can store thousands of small moveable lawns, which are sufficient for big events.