Schindler is to provide 175 escalators and elevators for Beijing's Olympic Park and the “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium, for the 2008 Summer Games.
Sixteen Schindler escalators will transport spectators within the National Stadium itself, while a further 84 will serve other buildings on-site.
Schindler is also a key mobility provider for the Olympic Park. The company is supplying 75 elevators and escalators for the enormous underground commercial centre.
The National Stadium, designed by Swiss star architects, Herzog & de Meuron, breaks new ground in architectural terms: its nickname derives from the fact that the façade is made up entirely of intertwined steel “branches”, which also support the massive structure. The Stadium's dimensions are impressive indeed: at 330 meters long, 220 meters wide and 69 tall, it contains 11,000 tons of steel and weighs a staggering 45,000 tons.
The Schindler installations were chosen for their reliability, and because they are able to cope with huge volumes of traffic. As the main venue for the track and field competitions, the National Stadium alone can hold up to 100,000 spectators.
The 12 km2 Olympic Park to the north of Beijing houses 14 stadiums, the Olympic Village (where the athletes stay), the media and radio/TV centers, as well as several sports and exhibition centers and many green spaces.After the Games, the Park will become a major conference and exhibition area, centered around the National Stadium, which is already a Beijing landmark.
Schindler provides mobility in a growing number of China's newest landmarks, including the ICC Tower, Hong Kong's tallest building (490m); the World Trade Center 3, Beijing's tallest (330m); the new American Embassy in Beijing; and Nanjing's Greenland Tower Phase II (450m).
The Schindler Group is a leading global mobility provider, present in over 130 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, the company designs, manufactures, installs, services and modernizes elevator and escalator systems for almost every building type worldwide. Schindler equipment moves 900 million people per day.
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