National Grand Theater of China, Beijing

Designed by French architect Paul Andreu

The titanium shell is broken by a glass curtain in north-south direction that gradually widens from top to bottom.

The spectacular glass and titanium National Grand Theater opened in 2007 in Tiananmen Sqaure besides the Great Hall of the People.

The 2,416 seat opera house has 200,000 square meters in floor space and aims to provide an iconic building for China’s capital on a par with the iconic Sydney Opera House. 

The theater, which is covered with titanium panels and surrounded by water and greenery, is expected to become China’s top arts performance center.The project located in Beijing with area of 149,500 m2. According to the project description, this theater is composed by an opera, a concert hall and 2 theater. 

 The main entrance is at the north side. Guests arrive in the building after walking through a hallway that goes underneath the lake. 
The building is surrounded by a pool and gives the impression of floating on the surface of the water. The main north entrance is an 80m corridor running under the pool. The south entrance and other entrances are all built under the surrounding water.

It is said to look like an egg floating on water, or a water drop and in my views it can be more compare to a mercury drop on a glass

Architect’s quick biography: Paul Andreu born 10 July 1938, in Bordeaux Caudéran.To know more click here

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