"I am very moved and very proud," said Li Aiqing, president of Beijing's state-owned Asset Management Company -- which owns the Water Cube -- at an inauguration ceremony. "This was a very ambitious project in terms of the construction technology, and a most difficult construction challenge."
The Olympic water cube structure is environmentally friendly, to boot -- the translucent shell lets in natural sunlight, providing heat and lighting and cutting energy costs by 30 percent.
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