Olympics
Water Cube or National Aquatics Center Beijing is among the most impressive venues in Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. It will swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, and water-polo in the Olympics.

Beijing Water Cube

Location Olympic Green
Floor Area 65,000-80,000 sq m
Permanent Seats 6,000
Temporary Seats 11,000
Nickname Water Cube


National Aquatics Center
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.

Design
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.

Architecture
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.

Seating Capacity
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 temporary.

Statistics
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.