Beijing’s life aquatic

Dodgy politics aside for a moment, at least this summer’s Beijing Olympics will be remembered for one thing: some of the most exciting new architecture of the 21st century. The design blog today Kitsunenoir has posted a wonderful photomontage of the new National Aquatic Centre in Beijing. Known as ‘The Water Cube’ (or even more fashionably as [H2O]3) the buildings fascinating structure is based on the natural formation of soap bubbles, which gives the building both its random and organic appearance.The centre doesn’t open until the summer but already Flickr has been flooded with images of its construction. And where it stands in relation to the “Birds Nest” Olympic Stadium. Both make London’s 2012 efforts a little dated.