Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems of Hendrik Ido Ambacht have designed and fitted the floor of the VIP bar in the Olympic swimming pool in Beijing.
The Bolidtop Bubblebar floor was designed in collaboration with the Chinese architect Jiwei Li. He experimented in the design laboratory of Bolidt, Bolidroom, with plastic, colours, forms and textures. Li examined no less than 10 different designs all of which were experienced differently. Representatives of the Chinese Olympic Committee made the final choice. An important criterion in this was that the floor had to compliment the architecture of the swimming pool.
The floor which was also fitted by Bolidt, was developed from the Artwalk partnership with Bayer Material Science. Margriet Lommers of Bolidt: “In the Bayer Artwalk concept a small number of plastic manufacturers are involved. Bolidt was part initiator of this concept which has gained a worldwide reputation. The concept was implemented by Bolidt with its Bolidtop Design programme. This had led to prestigious orders such as this one now for the VIP bar in the Olympic swimming pool”.
The adjacent “Water Cube” and “Birds Nest” express the Chinese idea that the heavens are round and the earth is square. The architectural concept of the building, which will be one of the major attractions during the coming Olympic Games, combines this symbolism with the natural structure and form of soap bubbles. State-of-the-art technology and materials were used in this special architectural form. The result is a visually striking building which is energy efficient and in which use has been made of environmentally-friendly materials.
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