CSCEC + PTW + CCDI and ARUP won the International Design Competition for the Beijing 2008 Games aquatic centre. The scheme meets international standards for competition, while maximising social and economic benefits. In addition to being an aquatic competition venue for the games, the centre will provide public multi-function leisure and fitness facilities before and after the games.The concept combines the symbolism of the square in Chinese culture and the natural structure of soap bubbles translated into architectural form. The design uses state-of-the-art technology and materials to create a building that is visually striking, energy efficient, and ecologically friendly.
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