2008 Olympics Travel: The Watercube
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Next to the Beijing National Stadium on the Olympic Green, the Beijing National Aquatic Center looks like it might be soft to the touch or at least pop like bubble wrap. The PTW Architects/Arup-designed building has a polymer skin structured like the natural design of soap bubbles, which was assembled and then inflated to create the outer walls.
The Watercube is most impressive outside at night with its ethereal blue lights but holds an estimated 17,000 spectators; it covers 7.8 acres. Will this fascinating facility become the temple that Phelps built--or his inspiration to hang up the extra-long wetsuit?
After the jump, watch the architects' video to pretend you're inside the giant cube.