The National Center for the Performing Arts, located in the heart of Beijing, near the Great Hall of the People and Tian’anmen Square, covers an area of 118.9 square meters and the total construction area is 217.5 square meters inclusive the underground garage.
The main building is the only shell-shaped 46.68 meters high and the only one with this shape in Asia. it is composed of 18398 titanium sheets and 1226 of high light transmission glass. Seen from above it looks like an egg floating on water. It was designed as something emblematic that could be instantly recognizable, such as the Sydney Opera House.
National Center for the Performing ArtsWalking through an underwater corridor 80 meters long, you reach the auditorium through the Sala Oliva and you will find three professional theaters, the one in the center is the Sala dell’Opera, the one in the east is the Sala della Musica and the one in the west is the Sala da Theater. The three theaters are separated but connected by a suspended corridor. The Opera Room, with 2398 seats, uses shows of national and international works such as Yehudi Menuhin, Zubin Mehta and Pandit Ravi Shankar; the Sala della Musica, with 2019 seats, is used for the interpretation of some symphonies and national music and the Sala da Teatro is used for the performance of theatrical works and other genres.
Inside the National Center for the Performing Arts, in addition to the three rooms and a small theater for rehearsals, there is a long underwater corridor, an exhibition hall, the Sala Oliva, the central library for research, the hall for press releases, an attic reserved for activities, souvenir shops and a cafeteria.
Being a multipurpose center there are also the toilet, the rehearsal room, the rest room for the presenter, the rest room for the actors, the waiting room, the dressing rooms, the room for personal items, the VIP room and the hostess room in the center.