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BUILDING
 
 
Watercube
National Swimming Centre
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DESIGNER
 
 
PTW
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MATERIALS
 
ETFE
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá]
Municipality
Beijing
Town
Beijing
Address
Beichen West Rd (Olympic Park)
 
 
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MAP
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Sports buildings
Gyms and swimming pools
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2003     project winner of competition
Realisation
2008
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AWARDS
 
2009
IOC/IAKS Award
International Olympic Committee
International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS)
2008
AIA - The Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture
2008
International Architecture Award
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design
2007
LEAF Award for Public Building of the Year
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Stefania Suma, "Le cattedrali contemporanee del benessere e del tempo libero/Contemporary cathedrals of fitness and free-time", L'industria delle costruzioni 413, maggio-giugno/may-june 2010 [Architetture per lo sport], p. 12 (4-21)
Frank Kaltenbach, "One World One Dream? Neue Bauten für das neue China/One World - One Dream? New Buildings for the New China", Detail 7-8/2008 [Groß Tragwerke/Large Structures/Grandes structures], "Diskussion/Discussion" pp. 736-737 (734-739)
Clifford A. Pearson, "National Swimming Center. PTW, Arup and China State Construction & Engineering", Architectural Record 7/2008, july 2008 [Beijing transformed], pp. 100-103
"»Watercube« - Nationales Schwimmzentrum in Peking/"Watercube" - National Swimming Centre in Beijing", Detail 12/2007 [Digital Details/Détails numériques/Digitale], "Dokumentation/Documentation" pp. 1469-1475, 1559
Claudia Barana, "The Water Cube. National Swimming Centre in Beijing", OF Arch 99, novembre-dicembre/november-december 2007, "Architettura" pp. 40-47
Ruggero Lenci, "Energia della creatività / The water Cube", L'Arca Plus 52, I trimestre/1st quarter 2007 [Impianti sportivi/Sport Complexes], pp. 38-47
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CLIENT
 
 
People's Government of Beijing Municipality
Beijing State-owned Assets Management Co., Ltd
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 70.000
Dimensions
m. 176 x 176 x h. 31
Capacity
17.000 seats
Number
4.000 "bubbles"
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Peter Macdonald
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STAFF
 
Associate designers
CSCEC+design (China State Construction Engineering Corporation), Beijing
Arup, Sydney
Project architect
PTW Architects
John Bilmon, Mark Butler, Chris Bosse
CSCEC+design
Zhao Xiaojun, Wang Min, Shang Hong
Arup
Tristam Carfrae
Design team
John Blanchard, Chris Bosse, Mark Butler, Alan Crowe, Andrew Frost, Michael Lam, John Pauline, Kurt Wagner
Physical engineering
Haico Schepers
Structural consultant
Ken Conway
Plastic models, rendering
Steve Pennell, Stuart Bull
General contractor
China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), Beijing
 
 
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