National Aquatics Center
Water Cube, nickname of the
National Aquatics Center, is built alongside the National
Stadium in the Olympic Green for the swimming competitions
of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Now it has become a must-see
travel spot in Beijing. In 2008, Water Cube hosted the Swimming,
Diving and Synchronized Swimming events and witnessed 25 world
records broken in the Beijing Olympics. The Water Cube is
the only Olympic venue financed in part by donations from
overseas Chinese. Total donations collected over 800 million
yuan. It occupies an area of 80,000 sqm, and has 17,000 seats
including 11,000 temporary ones. Comprising a steel space
frame, it is the largest ETFE(Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene)
clad structure in the world with over 100,000 m2 of ETFE pillows
that are only 0.2 mm (1/125 of an inch) in total thickness.
The ETFE cladding allows more light and heat
penetration than traditional glass, resulting
in a 30% decrease in energy costs. The outer wall is based
on the Weaire¨CPhelan structure, a structure devised from
the natural formation of bubbles in soap foam. The complex
Weaire¨CPhelan pattern was developed by slicing through
bubbles in soap foam, resulting in more irregular, organic
patterns than foam bubble structures proposed earlier by the
scientist Kelvin. Using the Weaire¨CPhelan geometry, the
Water Cube's exterior cladding is made of 4,000 ETFE bubbles,
some as large as 9.14 meters (30 feet) across, with seven
different sizes for the roof and 15 for the walls. The Water
Cube is the single largest, most complicated and most comprehensive
ETFE structure in the world to date. It can be divided into
<1> The Water World---You will be charmed by the Water
World. You want to make a long pause.
<2> The SPA Zone ---The SPA zone is equipped with international
advanced SPA facilities and technology. It is a good place
<3> Restaurants and Bars---Restaurants and Bars share
the characteristics of the Water Cube's design.
You can enjoy gourmet meals in water-theme restaurants.
<4> The Business Section---Wandering in the business
section, you can see various souvenirs. You will also know
more about the Water Cube and swimming events in the Olympic
Games here, and the latest information about water.
Cloud Taoist Temple
Center "Water Cube"
Stadium "Bird's Nest"