A consortium including Swiss architect Herzog & de Meuron and ArupSport this month won a competition to design the £300m Olympic Stadium in Beijing for the 2008 games. The bird's nest-like arena, in the northern suburbs of the Chinese capital, will hold 100,000 people during the games and will subsequently be turned into an 80,000-seater stadium. The team beat off two Chinese design teams to win the project. The Beijing stadium is the second major sports win by the Herzog & de Meuron and Arup alliance – the duo won the contest to design a football stadium in Munich for the 2006 World Cup last year.