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Water Cube

The National Aquatics Center (The Water Cube)

National Aquatics Center

Location: Olympic Green

Total land surface: 79,532 sq m

Seats: 6,000 permanent and 11,000 temporary

Competitions: Swimming, Diving, Synchronized Swimming

Groundbreaking date: December 24, 2003

Completion date: January 28, 2008

The conceptual design for the National Aquatics Center was finalized as Plan B04. Results of expert appraisal, technical feasibility study and votes by the public prove that the B04 Plan is relatively outstanding and feasible. Through negotiations between the Beijing State-owned Asset Management Co., Ltd. and the design consortium and approved by the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and Beijing Municipal Government, the design, name "Water Cube", was picked from shortlist of three designs.

The winning plan, which was designed by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation jointly with Australia's PTW Architects and Ove Arup Pty Ltd, embodies the notion of "Cube of Water'. Besides, it integrates architect design into structural design and is in tune with the National Stadium. Moreover, the design fully meets the requirements for events of the 2008 Olympic Games and is adaptable to after-game operation.

The deal for the venue was officially signed on the morning of July 29 between the Beijing State-owned Asset Management Co Ltd, which owns the center's rights, and the designers. This is the first venue among the sports centers for the 2008 Olympics to have officially signed a design contract.

At the signing ceremony the Beijing State-owned Asset Management Co Ltd noted that the National Aquatics Center is a landmark building for the 2008 Olympic Games, whose design and construction will naturally catch the world's attention.




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