The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), and colloquially described as The Giant Egg, is an opera house in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. On the western side of the Great Hall of the People, the National Centre for the Performing Arts. It has a floorage of about 165,000 sq m, and is the largest architecture with a vaulted roof in the world. It consists of the Opera House, Concert Hall, Theater, Art Exhibition Hall, Art Exchange Center and audio-video products shops. Bringing a revolution to the designs of opera houses located all across the world, The National Center of Performing arts has brought with it a highly sophisticated and modernized style of architecture in the buildings of Beijing.
The Centre, an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake, seats 5,452 people in three halls and is almost 12,000 m² in size.The exterior of NCPA is by far the largest man-made dome in the world. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. Construction started in December 2001 and the inaugural concert was held in December 2007.The theater is one of several bold new designs constructed for the Beijing Olympics. The main architectural structure is surrounded by an artificial lake, which is encircled by the Culture Leisure Square covered with green lawns. Viewing from a distance, the whole building is like floating on water, and the ellipse exterior resembles a “pearl on the lake”.
The floor in the huge Foyer is covered in stone from 10 different regions in China, the interior walls are lined with tens of thousands of panels of jequitiba, also known as Brazilian rosewood. The huge floor to ceiling glass curtain bathes the interior in natural light or reveals the city’s lights at night. Escalators take visitors to the many different levels. The Opera House, seating 2,398, is the Centre’s largest venue hosting elaborate productions. The Concert Hall, seating 2,019, hosts symphony orchestras and national music performances. The Concert Hall can accommodate up to 120 musicians and the chorus section up to 180 performers. The Theater, seating 1,035, hosts traditional Chinese operas and modern dramas.
Best viewed at night, when thousands of stars shimmer above in the sky, while the beautiful egg floats on the ground illuminating thousands of more light of its own. It seems like a synchronized repartee of nature’s setting with man’s creation has begun. Alongside, a reflection of both is magnified by the surrounding waters. All the main entrance to the opera house is built under these, giving the visitor the feeling of taking a stroll under water. The peace, tranquil environment, accompanied by sweet melodies of the opera house itself is an experience to die for.
National Centre of the Performing Arts of Beijing, stands the highest level of performing house in China, counterparting with famous Broadway Theatre of New York city. As the most bright spiritual symbol, National Centre of the Performing Arts once was highly praised by USA Today as a strong evidence for increasing comprehensive strenghs of China for its perfect modern architecture and highest status in Performing Arts and Music.