Gallery: Beijing Water Cube Transformed Into Happy Magic Water Park!

A wave pool generates waves every 10 minutes and then stops so visitors can just relax or lounge in the pool.
A wave pool generates waves every 10 minutes and then stops so visitors can just relax or lounge in the pool.

The Water Cube, originally designed by Australian firm PTW Architects with the help of Arup, was already an amazing work of architecture that garnered a number of awards and had some record-breaking swimming go on inside of it. With its bubbly facade, incredible daylit interior and energy efficient design, it would have been a shame to let this building just sit there. So we’re pleased as can be that the facility has been turned into an fantastical aquatic playground where families can go and spend time together.

Happy Magic Water Park recently opened on August 8th after a year of renovations, led by Forrec, a Toronto-based design firm that specializes in entertainment and leisure facilities. Inside it is a magical underwater wonderland with hanging ribbons, blue bubbles and floating jellyfish. There are about 10 different “rides” including a wave pool, tube slides, speed slides and even a lazy river. Daylighting through the ETFE pillow exterior still plays a major role in the facility and at night, interior lights shine out to illuminate the surrounding area. The Olympic pool is still used for swimming matches, but now the rest of the facility can be used on a regular basis.

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  1. Darren john June 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    This is – in my eyes – ‘typical’ China, having the freedom to create and build without the beaurocratic red tape. I visited the water cube in ’10 and what a wonderful example of modern architecture. Just great!

  2. Pinn June 5, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Interested to join this experience but the pool is so crowded.

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