Officially opened on Monday 4th February 2008 for the Beijing Olympic Games, the National Aquatic Centre or ‘Water cube [H2O]³’ was a joint venture between PTW Architects, CSCEC and Ove Arup. As Project Architect for PTW my role was initially overseeing the façade package and general design and documentation including interior design and the Leisure pools component.
The National Aquatic Centre was a landmark building for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. It is located inside the Beijing Olympic Green adjacent the Herzog de Meuron designed National Stadium on the north part of Beijing’s Central Axis.
The design concept of the “water cube” combines the symbolism and ephemeral nature of water with the unique Aggregated foam structure to create a lightweight, strong and transparent Architecture icon to Beijing and the 2008 Games.
The project has won many awards including the Atmosphere award of the 2004 Venice Biennale and the Jorn Utzon Award for International Architecture 2008.