The Water Cube in Beijing, China
National Aquatic Centre for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China
The Beijing National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, was
built alongside Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) in the Olympic
Green for the swimming competitions of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Despite
its nickname, the building is not an actual cube, but a cuboid (a
The “Water Cube” was built in accordance with a water-saving design
concept to be a gigantic green architectural wonder. It cost £75 million
(10.2 billion yuan).
Its design was initiated by a team effort: the Chinese partners felt a
square was more symbolic to Chinese culture and its relationship to the
Bird’s Nest stadium, while the Sydney based partners came up with the
idea of covering the ‘cube’ with bubbles, symbolizing water.