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Water Cube membrane structure completed
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With the year of 2007 approaching, good news came from the construction sites of the Olympic projects -- the membrane structure of the outside layer of the National Aquatics Center, also called the "Water Cube," was completed on the morning of December 26.
The center will be the venue for swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water-polo final during the Olympic Games.

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Construction of Olympic projects progresses smoothly
'Water Cube' and 'Bird Nest' take shape
634 cushions installed on Aquatics Center
IOC President impressed by Beijing Olympic venues
Hu inspects construction sites of Olympic venues
'Water Cube' attracts the journalists
Installation of membrane structures in full swing
Water Cube wears first piece of membrane

Basic info

Venue: National Aquatics Center;
Location: Olympic Green;
Floor area (sq.m.): 65,000-80,000;
Seats: 6,000 permanent, 11,000 temporary;
Sports: swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water-polo;
Ground breaking: Dec. 24, 2003;
Completion: End of 2007

Photo gallery

A construction worker signs for victory Water Cube membrane structure completed The membrane cushion under charging Sunny interior view of the Water Cube Sunny exterior view of the Water Cube

Interior bottom view of 'Water Cube' A worker fixes the membrance piece Exterior view of the 'Water Cube' Charming transparent membrances Last frame awaits to wear membrance piece

The beauty

Night view of the front square Blue sky, snow-white clouds Splendid view of a corner
The interior of the venue A scale model of the architecture Night view


• Water Cube embodies Green Olympics concept (photos attached) [2006-12-26]
• Water Cube membrane structure completed[2006-12-26]
• Construction of Olympic projects progresses smoothly[2006-12-07]
• Successful First World Press Briefing in Beijing[2006-09-27]
• Beijing Olympic construction projects in significant progress (1)[2006-09-17]
• Supervision of Olympic venues emphasized[2006-09-04]
• Water Cube wears first piece of membrane[2006-08-03]
• Olympic Water Cube starts putting on membranes[2006-08-01]
• Supervisors stress quality of Olympic projects[2006-04-28]
• Main structure of National Aquatics Center topped off[2006-04-10]
• Olympic organizer urges innovation in venue construction[2006-04-07]
• New competition venues for Beijing Olympics all under construction[2005-12-25]
• IOC Coordination Commission Endorse 'Bird's Nest,' 'Water Cube'[2005-06-02]

Photo gallery

·Photo: A construction worker signs for victory[2006-12-26]
·Photo: The sunny exterior view of the Water Cube[2006-12-26]
·Photo: The sunny interior view of the Water Cube[2006-12-26]
·Photo: The membrane cushion under charging[2006-12-26]
·Photo: Water Cube membrane structure completed[2006-12-26]
·Photo: Construction workers did final check[2006-12-26]
·Photo: Night view[2006-12-26]
·A scale model of the architecture[2006-12-26]
·Photo: The interior of the venue[2006-12-26]
·Photo: Splendid view of a corner[2006-12-26]
·Photo: Blue sky, snow-white clouds[2006-12-26]
·Photo: Night view of the front square[2006-12-26]
·Photo: Construction worker fixes the membrance piece[2006-12-26]
·Photo: Exterior view of the 'Water Cube'[2006-12-26]
·Photo: Last empty frame awaits to wear membrance piece[2006-12-26]
·Photo: Charming transparent membrance pieces under the sun[2006-12-26]

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