Located near the Bird s Nest Stadium in the Olympic Green (on the western side of Jingguang Road), the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, is a blue, crystal palace, giving the appearance of light-blue bubbles on the outside, perfectly displaying the beauty of water under various light conditions. ?
In contrast to the stark lines of the Bird s Nest National Stadium, the Water Cube boasts soft, rounded contours. It is covered by an Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) membrane, designed to have high corrosion resistance and strength over a wide temperature range. In fact, the Water Cube is the largest ETFE-clad structure in the world. The comforting translucent blue light that shimmers from the building creates a tranquil and poetic sense of grace.
The glowing iridescence of the bubbles on the Cube s outer walls is a truly memorable site-especially at night, and provides a wonderful stylistic foil to the nearby Bird s Nest Stadium, making the Olympic Green a must-visit modern destination-alongside Beijing s more venerable sites.