Happy Magic Water Park

As opposed to cities like Berlin and Sarajevo in previous posts, Beijing seems to have lost no momentum following their Olympic games in 2008.  Instead of letting their facilities lay to waste, several have been repurposed – and not always in conventional ways.  For example, the Water Cube, designed by PTW Architects with Arup, has now been transformed into the “Happy Magic Water Park,” which opened on August 8th 2011.  Now the cube is generating great revenue for the city, coming in at the number 2 tourist destination after the Great Wall.  Impressive.

According to the renovations led by Forrec (Toronto-based design firm), the ETFE material for the facade continues to play an important role in daylighting; illuminating the interior with diffuse light during the day while radiating back out to the city at night.

 

Read more at Inhabitat: Happy Magic Water Park


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