Blue-colored National Aquatics Center, among the most impressive venues in Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, is located at Beijing Olympic Green. Nicknamed Water Cube, it would host swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, and water-polo. The Centre is located on the north part of Beijing Central Axis and incorporates the historical and cultural features of Beijing. It is one of the most dramatic and exciting venues for the Olympics 2008.
The design of the Water Cube was picked from the pool of three
designs. The design was developed by the China State Construction
Engineering Corporation jointly with Australia's PTW Architects and
Ove Arup Pty Ltd, embodying the notion of "Cube of Water'.
Design of the Aquatic Centre is in tune with the National Stadium.
The centre would be useful even after the games.
Based a steel space frame, the Water Cube is the largest membrane
clad structure in the world with over 100,000 sq m of membrane
pillows that are only eight one-thousandths of an inch in total
thickness. The membranes permit more light and heat penetration than
traditional glass, resulting in a substantial decrease in energy
costs. Outer wall of the Water Cube has a foam structure, which is
formed by soap bubbles. The Water Cube has been built in accordance
with a water-saving design concept. It maintains spring-like warm
temperatures with a comfortable level of humidity, thus enabling the
athletes to maintain their energy levels. The humidity control
system has been built with recycled hot water to supply an
air-conditioning system in the swimming pool and in the living area.
National Aquatics Centre or the Water Cube has the seating capacity
of 17,000. 6,000 of these seats are permanent while 11,000 are
Water Cube has a total land surface of 65,000 sq m and covers a
total of 7.8 acres. Water Cube was delivered for use on the morning
of January 28, 2008.