WISA products have been used to build the Olympic Games in Beijing

Archive 21.5.2008 0:00 EEST

As soon as the outward appearance of the main scene for the Olympic Games was published for five years ago, the Chinese gave it the name Bird's nest. It is an amazing construction both in its appearance and in terms of engineering.

WISA plywoods played an important role at the construction stage. The concrete shuttering for the bearing structures of the stadium mainly built with steel and concrete was realised with 10,000 square metres of UPM's WISA-Form plywood. The stadium is supported by 24 main beams of steel, each of which weighs 1,000 tons.

WISA-Form was also used for the shuttering forms for the tennis centre and the media centre.

In addition to the above, UPM delivered WISA-Trans flooring boards for spectator stands in the Fengtai sports centre and stadium for the venues for softball, cycling (BMX) and triathlon. WISA-Trans is an especially hard-wearing flooring board made from birch plywood and coated with a laminate with a hot-pressed high-friction pattern.

The Bird's nest was designed by two famous architects from Switzerland, Mr. Jacques Herzog and Mr. Pierre de Meuron, the designers of the art museum Tate Modern in London. They have also been commissioned with the design hotel to be constructed in the district Katajanokka in Helsinki.