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Tuesday, 28 September 2010 17:05

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Location: Beijing, China

Architect: Paul Andreu

Total height: 46 meters

Cost: 300 M?

Website: www.chncpa.org


China's new National Centre for the Performing Arts is an awesome project in the world of architecture.

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.


Paul Andreu countered that although there is indeed value in ancient traditional Chinese architecture, Beijing must also include modern architecture, as the capital of the country and an international city of great importance. His design, with large open space, water, trees, was specially designed to complement the red walls of ancient buildings and the Great Hall of the People, in order to melt into the surroundings as opposed to standing out against them.


Inside there are three major performance halls:

The Opera Hall is used for operas, ballet, and dances and seats 2,416.

The Music Hall seats 2,017 seats.

The Theater Hall is used for plays and the Beijing opera. It has 1,040 seats.

Information is used from: www.chncpa.org


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