China Unveils the “Water Cube”

Earlier today China officially announced the opening of the National Aquatics Centre, the giant, $143 million dollar center that will host the swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming competitions in the upcoming Olympic ceremony. The structure was designed by Australian architects PTW, and is made steel and over 100,000 ETFE pillows, which are only eight one-thousandths thick.

I think the soap bubble structure looks really great, but like article states, the bubbles need some scrubbing to get all of the construction grit and grime off it before it’ll shine. It will also be lit by night by a system of LED lights that can turn the whole thing any of 16.7 million colors. I just hope that they get the rest of the grounds in shape before August, because in the pictures above, it looks kind of gray and scary. Hopefully the next few months will give them all the time they need.


6 Comments China Unveils the “Water Cube”

  1. MaxJue January 29, 2008 at 2:05 AM

    what the hell is that twisted metal structure thing next to it?
    that looks like fun too.

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  3. Jason January 29, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    The exterior doesn’t look as ballin’ as I thought it would be… Maybe it’ll look better at night? Inside looks gorgeous though. I love that they stuck to white. Maybe they shoulve’ kept all the seats white too…

    I was in Beijing a year ago and the main stadium looks so cool from afar even if it isn’t completed yet. Can’t wait to see it when it’s all finished.

  4. Chris Halsted January 29, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    It very amazing, but I agree with Jason on the exterior not being good as I would have thought!
    ‘The Guardian’ has today a very beautiful picture of the interior taken with a fish-eye camera! You should check it out if you get the possibility!

  5. Patrick January 29, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    looks like a giant mattress

  6. Jeff January 29, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    i agree with patrick.

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