Illustration for article titled Beijing Olympic Campus Looks Like CGI

Construction is nearly complete on the Beijing Olympic Stadium, shaped like a massive steel bird's nest, and the swimming-pool-filled Water Cube, which looks like a piece of glowing alien machinery. This is an actual photo of the buildings at night. We've also got some less-surreal glimpses of them too.

Here you can see people posing in front of the Nest last week.

Illustration for article titled Beijing Olympic Campus Looks Like CGI
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And here's a closeup of the crisscrossed steel girders that form the exoskeleton of the Nest.

Illustration for article titled Beijing Olympic Campus Looks Like CGI

The Water Cube is actually made of high-tech materials that emulate bubbles to keep the heat inside the building.

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Top image courtesy of AP; middle image by Feng Li/Getty; bottom image by Elizabeth Dalziel/AP.

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