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National Aquatics Center

In Brief

  • National Aquatics Center

Venue: National Aquatics Center
Location: Olympic Green (Search the map)
Total land surface: 79,532 sq m

National Aquatics Center ready for test

  • Interior of the venue

National Aquatics Center delivered for use
The blue-colored National Aquatics Center (NAC), nicknamed the "Water Cube" and located by Beijing's North Fourth Ring Road, was inaugurated and delivered for use on the morning of January 28, 2008. 


NightscapeGreen architectural wonder The "Water Cube" was built in accordance with a water-saving design concept to be a gigantic green architectural wonder. [Full story]

nightscape"Water Cube" keeps comfortable humidityThe National Aquatics Center maintains spring-like warm temperatures with a comfortable level of humidity.[Full story]


ceilingClassic architecture to last 100 yearsTests have proven that the strength of the membrane structure of the National Aquatic Center can meet these stability requirements. [Full story]

swimming lanesMagical ETFE membrane saves energy and cleans itselfEven if dust does collect on it, as long as it rains, the surface is washed by rain water. [Full story]

People friendly

NightscapeEasy to reach via roads and public transportTravel to and from the Olympic Green and other parts of the city will be extremely convenient via the various highways, expressways ... [Full story]

corridorInsulation and ventilation keep temperatures pleasant In the summer, a meter-high vent works to regulate the NAC's temperature indoors through heat exchange. [Full story]


Diving platformDiving platform During the 2008 Olympic Games, it will produce 42 gold medals in swimming, diving and synchronized swimming. [Watch Now]

NightscapeNightscapeThe project's ETFE air cushion structures are the largest and most complicated membrane system in any single project in the world. [Watch Now]

Swimming lanes Swimming lanesA strict temperature and humidity control system was built with recycled hot water to supply an air-conditioning system in the living area and the swimming pool. [Watch Now]

The Stands The StandsThe Games-time construction area is close to 80,000 square meters, containing 17,000 standard seats, including 6,000 permanent and 11,000 temporary seats. [Watch Now]

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