Olympics 2008: National Aquatics Centre (The Water Cube)

This is the brilliantly bizarre-looking National Aquatics Centre, which is better known as The Water Cube. The building is perhaps best described as resembling some sort of “bubble cake”, and when it’s lit up, it looks pretty incredible. During the Beijing Olympics the centre will host the Swimming, Diving and Synchronised Swimming events, and is situated within Olympic Green, right next to the Bird’s Nest Stadium where the opening ceremony was held on Friday.1 The design of the steel space-frame that makes up the building is actually based on a theory originally posited by great Victorian physicist Lord…

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