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Beijing 2008 - Beijing Water Cube
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member laranja
N 39° 59.446 E 116° 23.131
50S E 447540 N 4426913
Quick Description: The Aquatics Center hosted the swimming, diving and synchronized swimming events during the summer Olympics of Beijing 2008.
Location: China
Date Posted: 1/21/2013 2:20:18 AM
Waymark Code: WMG6PX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DopeyDuck
Views: 9

Long Description:
The Beijing National Aquatics Center, known as the Water Cube was built alongside Beijing National Stadium in the Olympic Green for the swimming competitions of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Despite its nickname, the building is not an actual cube After the Olympics, the building underwent a 200 million Yuan revamp to turn half of its interior into a water park.

The Water Cube's design was initiated by a team effort: the Chinese partners felt a square was more symbolic to Chinese culture and its relationship to the Bird's Nest stadium, while the Sydney based partners came up with the idea of covering the 'cube' with bubbles, symbolising water. Contextually the cube symbolises earth whilst the circle (represented by the stadium) represents heaven. Hence symbolically the water cube references Chinese symbolic architecture.


Olympic Games: Beijing Summer 2008

Sport held at venue: Aquatics - Multiple

Start and/or Finish: Not Aplicable

Web Address with Additional Details: [Web Link]

Reference Supporting Olympic Use: Plaque at Location

Current Use: Water park

Olympic Games No 2: Not listed

Olympic Games No 3: Not listed

Sport held at venue No 2: Not listed

Additional sport(s) held at venue: Not listed

Details of Reference Supporting Olympic Use: Not listed

Parking Area: Not Listed

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