The National Center For Performing Arts, Beijing

The Giant Egg

Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves – Julia Morgan.

The National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) is located in the heart of old Beijing, close to the Great Hall of the People, Tian’anmen Square and the ancient Forbidden City. Colloquially described as The Giant Egg, this 149,500 square meter titanium and glass shell, in the shape of an ellipsoid, houses an opera house, a concert hall, and two theaters, as well as public spaces. The structure, surrounded by an artificial lake and green lawns and gardens, is seen as a cultural island in the middle of a lake.