The Grand National Theater of China is a modern opera house located in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. It is also known as the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA). It also has acquired the nickname, “The Egg” due to its unusual and unique shape.
Grand National Theater Profile
The Grand National Theater was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. Construction started on December of 2001 and was done by July of 2007. It was supposed to be built to the tune of 2.688 billion Yuan. But eventually, the cost stretched to around 3.2 billion Yuan.
Grand National Theater Features
The Egg stands 46.28 meters high and has a floor area that spans 219,400 sq. meters. The Center which is an ellipsoid dome made up of titanium and glass stretches to almost 12,000 sq. meters and can seat 5,452 people in three halls. The Center is surrounded by an artificial lake that makes it look like an egg floating on the water or a water drop.
The Egg was designed to become an iconic feature in the city and it has become one of the most recognizable buildings in Beijing. Visitors enter into the Center by going through a hallway that passes underneath the artificial lake. The hallway is covered by glass that spans 60 meters in length.