The model is an excellent representation of the important structural and material engineering features of the 'Water Cube' National Aquatic Centre, Beijing, an international innovation with major contributions from Australian architects and engineers. It was constructed for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The model shows the geometry adopted by the structural engineers, the specialised roof and wall cladding material and design, and the sectioned interior of the main foyer.
The model's steel node and bubble representations mimic the geometrical archetype of foam theory as posed by Lord Kelvin (Sir William Thomson), a leading scientist and 'philosophical engineer' in the nineteenth century, further developed by mathematicians Weaire and Phelan in the late twentieth century, and used directly for the structural engineering design for the Beijing 'Water Cube'.
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