National Aquatics Center, one of the landmark buildings of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, is located inside the Beijing Olympic Green. It is axially related to the National Stadium on the north part of Beijing Central Axis and reinforces the historical and cultural features of Beijing city.
Commenced at the end of 2003, the construction of the building will last 3 years.
The international competition-winning building is known as “Water Cube” ([H2O]³). It is designed by the design consortium consists of China State Construction Engineering Corporation, China State Construction International (Shenzhen) Design Co., Ltd, PTW Architects (Australia) and Ove Arup (Australia). The design concept of the “water cube” combines the symbolisms of the architecture and the unique water bubble structure, and build an appropriate complement to the National Stadium.
The National Stadium is dubbed the “bird’s nest” because of its innovative grid formation. The twig-like structural elements and the bowl-shaped roof are the masterpiece of the project, yet they pose great challenges for technicians and workers to make the building stand on its own feet.
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games