Underwater Fantasy

Happy Magic Watercube at the Beijing National Aquatics Center | Beijing, China

Designers had a jumping-off point for the aquatic fantasy theme because the space already had a “watery” quality resulting from the bubble-lattice membranes of the roof and exterior walls. This helped with the lighting that was so important in creating the mood. By day, natural light filters through the building’s outer and inner skin, much the way it does through the ocean’s depths. At night, the outer shell glows with an evening light show, and special effects inside the cube create a dramatic, changing underwater world.

Slide towers disguised as plants and coral give guests an unexpected view of the underwater environment. Many visitors have compared the night-time experience of the waterpark to living inside a 3-D movie or computer game.

Happy Magic Watercube at the Beijing National Aquatics Center | Beijing, China (description C)

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