It wears a bare look in the planned Olympic central zone located near the northern section of Beijing's Fourth Ring Road in 2003. (Courtesy of Water Cube) The National Aquatic Center, known as "Water Cube", carries China's Olympic glory from in the water to on the ice. As one of country's Olympic landmarks, the facility, which witnessed the swimming and diving events of the 2008 Summer Olympics, will be transformed into "ice cube" to play its part in the world's only summer and winter Olympic host city. Ten years on from 2008 and in run-up to 2022, let's take a look at how the "Water Cube" grew up and how it will look four years later.
A first look at the structure, with its neighbor the "Bird's Nest" on the right. (Courtesy of Water Cube)
"Good Luck Beijing", the testing events of the Beijing Olympics from April to May in the "Water Cube". (Courtesy of Water Cube)
Delegates from the IOC and world's curling governing body visit the "Water Cube" in April of 2017. (Courtesy of Water Cube)
The emblems of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics are unveiled in the "Water Cube" in December of 2017. (Courtesy of Water Cube)
A drawing of the curling rink to be transformed from the swimming pool and continues to thrill the world in 2022. (Courtesy of Water Cube)