What Was Th Beijing Olympics Ice Cube?
The Beijing Olympics Ice Cube was built for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Construction on the Cube began in 2003. The project took four years to complete. The cube is known not only for its unique design but for the materials that were used to build it.
The outside of the building is shaped like a cube. Its bubble like walls is made of a material known as Ethylene Tetrafluoroethlene. According to Gizamg this material is designed to absorb solar radiation and reduce thermal loss. This leads to reduced energy costs as it allows more light in and provides better insulation.
The building also uses recycled material. Hot air is recycled and used by the air conditioner. The Ethylene Tetrafluoroethlene on the outside of the building conducts solar energy making the building less reliant on electricity.
The structure is a site to see. The bubbles are lit by LED bulbs that give off a blue light. At the 2008 Olympic Games this was the structure everyone raved about not only for its environmentally friendly material but also for its design.
During the 2008 Olympics, the building housed the swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo games. The Cube seated approximately 17,000 fans.
After the Olympics the Cube was used as a sports and recreation facility. It also serves as the Chinese Aquatic Center. The building will house many events in its future and will be a marvel of technology for years to come.