National Grand Theatre

National Grand Theatre

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National Grand Theatre

Introduction: IntroductionThe National Centre for the Performing Arts, formerly known as the National Grand T..

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National Grand Theatre Introduction

Introduction
The National Centre for the Performing Arts, formerly known as the National Grand Theatre, and colloquially described as The Egg, is an opera house in Beijing, China. 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 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. It was designed as an iconic feature, something that would be immediately recognizable, like the Sydney Opera House. 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 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. Still, many locals believe that the contrast between the building and its immediate environment is too large.

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Highlights
The National Grand Theatre, viewed from the North-East, from Jingshan Hill, with the Forbidden City in the foreground and the Great Hall of the People to the left.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.

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Traffic
Bus 1、4、5、10、20、22、47、37、52、726、728、802 to Tiananmen west station
Subway Beijing subway line1 to Tiananmen west station C exit

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