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National Swimming Center
National Swimming Center, the landmark building of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, is located in the western part of the Beijing Olympic Green and covers an area of 70,000 square meters. It is axially related to the National Stadium on the north part of Beijing Central Axis and reinforces the historical and cultural features of Beijing city.
The international competition-winning scheme is known as "Water Cube". The design concept of the "Water Cube" combines the symbolisms of the architecture and the unique water bubble structure.
The National Swimming Center was the venue for swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water-polo final during the Olympic Games. Afterward, it became the venue used for various activities including aquatic sports, fitness and recreation.
The most impressive aspect of this environmentally sound design is the outer surface of Water Cube. The outer surface can collect up to 10,000 tons of water from rain, 70,000 tons of water that is clean, and 60,000 tons of water for the swimming pool each year, as well as save approximately 140,000 tons of recycled water every year.