Beijing National Aquatics Centre (Water Cube)

Beijing Water Cube

I’m usually not big into the Olympics or sports for that matter but when I saw Michael Phelps representing Baltimore tearing up the charts with gold medals and records, I had to see what all the fuss was about. The Olympics is a great way for all the world’s countries to show sportsmanship and respect for each through the competition of sports. It’s a beautiful thing. Another beautiful thing is the design behind the newly built Water Cube.

Breaking ground in 2003 and being completed more recently, the structure has a capacity of 17,000 during the Olympics. It is composed of steel space frame. The Swimming, Diving and Synchronized Swimming events are being held there during the Olympics. What makes the design so successful is the the outer wall which is based on the Weaire-Phelan structure and look like soap suds. The way the light shines through the outer wall is breathtaking.