National Centre for the Performing Arts located in the heart of
Beijing, neighbor to the Great Hall of the People and Tian'anmen
Square, it covers 118.9 million square meters, and total
construction area is 217.5 million square meters including nearly
46.6 million square meters underground garage.
The main construction is the unique shell shape with 46.68 meters
high and the only one of its shape in Asia. The exterior of the
theater is a titanium accented glass dome that is completely
surrounded by a man-made lake, it consists of 18398 pieces of
titanium plates and 1226 pieces of super white glass. It looks like
an egg floating on water from the air. It was designed as an iconic
feature, something that would be immediately recognizable, like the
Sydney Opera House.
Walking by 80 meters long under-water gallery, enter the public
hall from the Olive Hall, and you will see 3 professional theatres,
the middle one is the Opera Hall, eastern one is the Music Hall and
western one is the Theatre Hall. The three are separated but linked
by air corridor. The Opera Hall make use of performancing national
and international operas like Yehudi Menuhin, Zubin Mehta and
Pandit Ravi Shankar with 2398 seats; Music Hall is used in playing
some symphony and national music with 2019 seats and the Theatre
Hall is used in playing drama and other plays.
Inner of the centre, besides the three halls and a small practicing
theatre, there are long gallery of under-water, exhibition hall,
Olive Hall, library resource centre, news published hall, activity
area of rooftop, souvenirs store and coffee house.
As a multi-function centre it also holds powder room, practicing
room, conductor rest room, actor rest room, actor waiting room,
dressing room, property room, VIP room and ritual girls’ hall in
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