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Modern Architecture in Beijing: The National Grand Theater

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The titanium and glass National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing is informally called The Egg. Find facts below.
National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing

National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, known as The Egg

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Formally known as the National Grand Theater, the National Centre for the Performing Arts is an oval dome surrounded by a man-made lake. A hallway beneath the lake leads into the building. The theater is one of several bold designs constructed for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Facts:

  • 212 meters long
  • 144 meters wide
  • 46 meters high
  • designed by French architect Paul Andreu
  • constructed from 2001-2007
  • located just west of Tiananmen Square and the Great Hall of the People
  • three performing spaces include:
    • The Opera House, at the center of the building, seats 2,398
    • The Concert Hall, located in the eastern part of the building, seats 2,017
    • The Drama Theater, located in the western part of the building, seats 1,035

See interior views:

Source: Beijing Theatre Cultural & Development Co.,Ltd. the trade association for the Beijing theatre industry.

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