Sectioned construction model, Beijing National Aquatics Centre or 'Water Cube' with cover, plastic / electrical wiring / internal lighting / wood, made by Micro Model, Beijing, China, 2007
The model is covered with an acrylic case.
The white panels, which have multi-coloured LED lights, are located on the left-hand side and at the rear of the model. These panels are screwed to the cover.
The model is sectioned at the front elevation, which allows a direct view of the internal architecture and engineering structures. The tubular steel structures and their connecting nodes can be seen from all viewing angles, as can the hexagonal structures that dominate the roof of the Water Cube.
Scaled human figures are located randomly on the ground and first floors.
Excluding the sectioned portion of the model, the roof, rear, left-hand side wall and internal wall linings have been clad in double-layered ETFE material.
The model can be operated (i.e. by lighting the rear, left-hand side, internal walls, and roof) by pressing a button.