National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing by Paul Andreu

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China has unveiled its latest object of display- the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing, next to another landmark- the Tiananmen Square. It is designed by renowned French architect Paul Andreu, known for his airports throughout the world including Charles De Gaulle in Paris and the latest Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport amongst others. 

Andreu conceived the centre as a transparent island and a city of theatres surrounded by a man-made lake in Beijing’s latest cultural district.  The exterior Yin-Yang-inspired shell in the shape of a half ellipsoid is covered by titanium panels and accentuated in the middle by a curtain of glass that opens gradually from top to bottom. The entrance and other passages are situated under the lake. Even though it looks like a lunar-lander, I think it is pretty impressive for the symmetry and the context in which it sits.

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