Client Tianyou Tourism Group
It was always intended that Beijing’s iconic National Aquatics Center would become an ongoing legacy for the people after the 2008 Olympics. The challenge was to complete its transformation into a family recreation facility within a tight two-year timeline. Inspired by the building’s unique watery skin, FORREC saw the opportunity to create a fantastical underwater kingdom.
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, it won the World Waterpark Association’s Industry Innovation Award in 2010. The Happy Magic Watercube 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.
Master planning, concept design and schematic design