the national aquatics center in beijing.
this image was published in architectural record, USA - july 2008.
i worked at the international broadcast center on the olympic green, a building just north of the NAC for the olympics. our operations moved there about a half year before games-time, so the facilities were still feverishly being prepared.
on most days, this building was dark and dusty and, despite its innovative shell, didn't look all that impressive... so nothing prepared me for the first evening that i left the office and saw it alight. i audibly gasped.
this picture does not do that vision justice.
i enjoyed many evenings thereafter wandering around the olympic green with my camera and tripod, wishing i was a more skilled photographer, and not a beginner relying more on HDR than nailing the exposure.
EDIT: more info -- this is a panorama of several HDRed images.