It looks like the inside of Beijing's Water Cube now lives up to its colorful and bubblicious exterior, with floating jellyfish, giant bubbles, lazy rivers and wave machines replacing world-class athletes and record-breaking swims. Yes, indeed, what was once the Beijing National Aquatics Center, the Water Cube has been given a splashtastic face-lift to become Asia's largest water park.
It joins a slew of creative initiatives aimed at drawing more tourists (and their cash) to the Olympic Green that have so far included a Dino Dream Park that opened earlier this year. Now, for RMB 200 a head you can splash about in the wake of Olympic great Michael Phelps and according to CNNGo, so far it seems do be doing the trick, with thousands of people arriving each day to swim, splash and slide around.
At 12,000 sq m (130,000 sq ft), the Water Cube Water Park only actually takes up half of the original space and the Olympic-sized swimming pool has been kept for real swimming events, which makes it a pretty practical solution all round—as our eco-design enthusiast buddies over Inhabitat point out, "With its bubbly facade, incredible daylit interior and energy efficient design, it would have been a shame to let this building just sit there."
At RMB 200 a pop though, is the experience worth it? Lauren McCarthy over at the Beijinger isn't so sure after her Bird's Nest stadium...