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Location: Beijing, China

Date: 2007

Architect: Paul Andreu

Purpose: The National Centre for the Performing Arts

Rating: (481 votes, average: 3.63 out of 5)

More info: The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA)  is an opera house in Beijing, 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. 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.

(Image credits: 1: FranciscoDiez, 2: Azure Lan, 3: Constantin B.)

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One Response to “National Theatre (Beijing, China)”

  1. Evangelos Kaalboukas
    17 October 2010 at 12:20 am #

    A big achievent for the people of China. My sincere congratulations to the designers Very clever indeed. And the western world thinks that China is behind of everthing. What an illusion!!!!!. I like to visit it sometime in the near future and also see and admire the wonders of China, the Great Wall etc, etc.

    From Melbourne
    A patriotic Greek