Former Olympic Building Transformed Into An Otherworldly Waterpark
The aquatic center built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics has a second life as the Happy Magic Water Cube.
Five years have passed since the Beijing Olympics and many of the buildings in the Olympic campus are still sitting unused. But the Chinese National Aquatic Center, dubbed the Watercube, has been repurposed as an aquatic wonderland that is now the second most popular destination in Beijing– who wouldn’t want to go to a place called ‘Happy Magic Water Cube‘?
The park, which opened in 2010, is the largest waterpark in Asia, and features a wave pool, lazy river, and various water slides, all within an otherworldly marine environment, complete with larger-than-life bubbles and floating jellyfish. The waterpark design was completed by Forrec, a Canadian planning and design firm that specializes in entertainment and leisure environments.