Saturday, August 16, 2008

Beijing National Aquatics Center "The Water Cube"--Beijing, China

This was built for the 2008 Summer Olympics and hosted swimming and diving events of the Olympics. Every time I saw the Water Cube during television coverage of this Olympics, I thought about was an awesome looking structure this is. I wish I could see it in person.

Some info. about the Water Cube, "The structure comprises a steel space frame, the largest ETFE clad structure in the world with over 100,000 m² of ETFE pillows that are only eight one-thousandths 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-Phelan structure, a foam (structure formed by soap bubbles). The pattern is formed by taking a slice through the foam, and it was chosen in preference to the Kelvin foam because the more complex Weaire-Phelan structure results in more irregular, organic patterns than slices through the regular Kelvin foam.

The structure will have a capacity of 17,000 during the games that will be reduced to 6,000 afterwards. It also has a total land surface of 65,000 square metres and will cover a total of 7.8 acres."

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