The National Centre for the Performing Arts
) (; literally: National Grand Theatre
), and colloquially described as The Egg
, is an opera house
, People's Republic of China
. The Centre, an ellipsoid dome of titanium
and glass surrounded by an artificial lake, seats 5,452 people in three halls and is almost 12,000 m² in size. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu
. Construction started in December 2001 and the inaugural concert was held in December 2007.
The exterior of the theater is a titanium
accented glass dome that is completely surrounded by a man-made lake. It is said to look like an egg floating on water, or a water drop. It was designed as an iconic feature, something that would be immediately recognizable.
The dome measures 212 meters in east-west direction, 144 meters in north-south direction, and is 46 meters high. The main entrance is at the north side. Guests arrive in the building after walking through a hallway that goes underneath the lake. The titanium shell is broken by a glass curtain in north-south direction that gradually widens from top to bottom.
The location, immediately to the west of Tiananmen Square
and the Great Hall of the People
, and near the Forbidden City
, combined with the theatre's futuristic design, created considerable controversy. Paul Andreu
countered that although there is indeed value in ancient traditional... Read More