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National Centre for the Performing Arts

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Paul Andreu
location Beijing
function opera
contributed by Colin_Manuel

The National Centre for the Performing Arts, formerly known as the National Grand Theatre, and colloquially described (nicknamed) as The Egg, is an opera house in Beijing. The Centre, an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake, seats 6,500 people in three halls and is 200,000 m² in size. It is separated from the Tian An Men Square by The Great Hall of the People. The glass opens the building like a curtain which moves away showing the interior : theatres, exhibition and public spaces. The concept of the building is a cultural island in the middle of a lake. The location, combined with the theatre's futuristic design, created considerable controversy. Paul Andreu countered that although there is indeed value in ancient traditional Chinese architecture, Beijing must also include modern architecture.

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National Centre for the Performing Arts
W Chang'an Ave 2
Project is public!
Opening hours Depending on the agenda. Tel: (008610) 67227775, E-mail:
How to get there? West of Tian'anmen Square - because of it's size it's not to be missed
Completion 12- 2007
Floor area/size 19500 m2
Cost € 36000000,-
ArchitectPaul Andreu
Client City of Beijing
Project ID 1588
Latitude/Longitude 39°54'17N 116°23'23E
Contributed by Colin_Manuel
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