It was always intended that Beijing’s iconic National Aquatics Center would transition into a family recreation facility after the 2008 Olympics. FORREC led the design project, meeting the challenge to complete The Happy Magic Water Cube within a tight two-year timeline. Inspired by the building’s unique watery skin, FORREC saw the opportunity to create a fantastical underwater kingdom. Covering 12,000 sq m, giant translucent air bubbles, suspended jellyfish, stylized schools of fish and coral-like column coverings give the impression of being magically submerged. Completed in just 17 months, The Happy Magic Water Cube transports almost 3,000 guests at any one time to a true water world that’s gained stature as one of the world’s leading indoor water park attractions. The project won the World Waterpark Association’s Industry Innovation Award in 2010.
Tianyou Tourism Group
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