5 November 2014
Commonly known as The Egg, the National Center for Performing Arts is one of China’s famous buildings where tradition and modernity converge seamlessly to create a unique architectural design.
Located west of the Tiananmen Square and the Great Hall of the People, near the Forbidden City, the ellipsoid dome is made up of over 18,000 titanium plates and over 1,000 sheets of ultra-white glass surrounded by artificial lake and a vast expanse of winding greens, giving it a sense of serenity to counter the busy streets of Beijing.
Measuring at 212 meters wide and 26 meters high, the dome can hold 5,452 seats in total with the structure divided in three areas: the Opera House, the Concert Hall, and the Theatre. Construction of the Egg building amounted to $468.7 million USD.
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