China National Aquatics Center Water Cube

The National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, is located in the Beijing Olympic Park. It is the main swimming pool built by Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics and one of the landmark buildings of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Its design is the "water cube" program produced by the global design competition. It is separated from the National Stadium (commonly known as the Bird's Nest) on both sides of the northern end of the Beijing city's central axis to form a relatively complete image of Beijing's historical and cultural city.

The National Aquatics Center plans to construct a land area of ​​62,950 square meters, with a total construction area of ​​65,000-80,000 square meters, of which the underground area has a construction area of ​​not less than 15,000 square meters, and the length, width and height are 177m × 177m × 30m.

During the 2008 Olympic Games, the National Aquatics Center will undertake swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water polo and other competitions, which can accommodate 17,000 seats, including 6,000 permanent seats, and 11,000 temporary seats during the Olympic Games (will be dismantled after the game). After the game, it will become a center with international advanced level, integrating swimming, sports, fitness and leisure.

Number of seats: 4000 (permanent), 2000 (removable), 11,000 temporary seats
Construction cost: about 1.02 billion yuan (about 850 million yuan donated by all circles)
Owner: Beijing State-owned Assets Management Co., Ltd.
Design unit: China Construction Design Consortium, Australia PTW Architects, ARUP Arup Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd.
Architectural Design Unit: Institute of Architectural Acoustics and Interior Design, Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Planning and Design Institute Co., Ltd.
Construction unit: China Construction First Bureau Construction Development Co., Ltd.

The walls and roofs of the “Water Cube” are divided into three layers, the designer uses three-dimensional coordinates to design more than 30,000 steel components, which are jointly completed by Chinese and Australian designers. The position of more than 30,000 steel components is in place. None of them are the same. These technologies are the scientific and technological achievements of China's independent innovation, and they fill the gap in the history of world architecture.

“Water Cube” is located on the west side of Zone B of the Olympic Park. It is echoed by the National Stadium 'Bird's Nest. The construction scale is about 80,000 square meters. The most attractive is the EBFE film (ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene copolymer) with a blisters. ). The ETFE film is a transparent film that brings more natural light to the venue. His interior is a multi-storey building with a wide view of the symmetrical rows of grandstands. The milky white building in the pavilion contrasts with the blue pool, ETFE The membrane is also fire resistant and extinguished when it leaves the fire.

According to the design scheme, the inner and outer membrane structure of the Water Cube consists of 3,065 air pillows (the smallest one is 1-2 square meters, the largest is 70 square meters), covering an area of ​​100,000 square meters, and the expansion area is 260,000 square meters. Rice is the largest membrane structural project in the world and the only large public building that is completely enclosed by membrane structures.

Ticket
Visit: 30 yuan / person, students, military and other half-price concessions 15 yuan / person, 1-6 ticket booth ticket sales
Swimming: 50 yuan / person, 7 ticket booth ticket sales
Splashing water park: 200 yuan / person, 1.2-1.4m children 160 yuan / person, 8-9 ticket booth ticket sales

Opening hours
1. Visiting tours:
High season (May-October) 9:00-20:00
Low season (November-April) 9:00-18:00

2. Swimming:
High season (May-October):
Weekdays 12:30-21:00
Weekend 9:00-21:00
Low season (November-April):
12:00-20:00 on weekdays
Weekend 9:00-20:00

3. Splashing water park:
High season (May-October) 10:00-21:00
Low season (November-April) 10:00-18:00
Tickets for 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9 ticket booths

Travel information
subway
Take Metro Line 8 "Olympic Park" station, walk about 1 km to the south; or "Olympic Center" station, walk about 1 km to the north.

Bus
1. 81, 82, 510, 607, "Beichen West Bridge North" station.
2. Take the 86th road to the east exit of Anxiang North Road and walk about 500 meters.

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