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Architecture Watch Olympic Face-Off: Water Cube vs. Bird's Nest

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Just across from the Beijing's iconic Bird's Nest is another Brobdingnagian paragon of nature-inspired architecture — The Water Cube. A collaboration between PTW Architects, CSCEC International Design, and Arup, the structure is thankfully based on soap bubbles instead of housing bubbles and it's unique cladding is ETFE, a fluorocarbon-based plastic polymer. Able to hold 17,000 spectators, the 7.8 acre structure will host the swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming events.
· Watercube Opens [A Daily Dose of Architecture]
· Architecture Watch: Beijing's Olympic Bird's Nest Opens [Curbed SF]

[images courtesy Chris Bosse via A Daily Dose]