Tuesday, January 17, 2006


The swimming events for the 2008 Beijing Olympics will be housed in one of the oddest Olympic venues I've ever seen . . . the Watercube.

Image via Strucurae.

PTW Architects were selected to build the National Swimming Center for their unusual design that features a structure composed of bubble-shaped cells that indicate the aquatic nature of the building. The semi-translucent panels appear to give off a blue glow when the building is illuminated.

This will definitely be an interesting addition to the Olympic competition, and might actually get me tuning into the swimming events this time around just to see their whimsical surroundings.

You can find a ton of pictures related to the Watercube

Image via PTW Architects.

A close-up of one of the bubble-shaped panels. Image via Strucurae.

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