CSCEC + PTW + CCDI and ARUP won the International Design Competition for the Beijing 2008 Games aquatic centre. The scheme met international standards for competition, while maximising social and economic benefits. In addition to being an aquatic competition venue for the games, the centre provides 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.
The striking Watercube structure is energy efficient by maximising natural light and capturing solar energy to heat the interior spaces as well as the pools. Water efficiency is achieved by rainwater harvesting, recycling, efficient filtration and backwash systems.