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Old August 4th, 2007, 02:25 AM   #21
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This reminds me of the inverted pyramid in front of Louvre Museum in Paris. Same concept, classic + modern, except on a much bigger scale.

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Old August 4th, 2007, 08:08 AM   #22
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for this its different.
its an building by itself!
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Old August 4th, 2007, 08:37 AM   #23
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Actually, the design itself came under a lot of criticism because it wasn't the best symbolism to descend underground into the entrance.
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Old August 9th, 2007, 12:47 AM   #24
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Old August 9th, 2007, 04:05 AM   #25
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What a beautiful building! The first time I saw it, for some reason, I thought of a car air freshener!
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Old August 9th, 2007, 05:53 AM   #26
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Beijing is building an architectural legacy for this time period. 30 years from now or even more, people will look at that building plus the Olympics venues and still say "Wow!"

Amazing theater. But I have to admit in terms of theater architecture, I still prefer the classical European ones.
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Old August 9th, 2007, 07:25 AM   #27
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where's the picture?
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Old August 9th, 2007, 08:59 AM   #28
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Reminds me of a yin-yang
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Old August 10th, 2007, 07:38 AM   #29
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Gorgeous. Inside and out.
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Old August 10th, 2007, 05:54 PM   #30
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Old August 12th, 2007, 04:14 PM   #31
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What a beautiful building! The first time I saw it, for some reason, I thought of a car air freshener!
Beijingers also call it 'big egg', 'big tomb' or 'big breast'
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Old August 12th, 2007, 06:19 PM   #32
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A cracking theatre is born as the Egg hatches
14 June 2007
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A giant egg is emerging from its nest in Beijing. After almost seven years, the Chinese capital's newest architectural adventure, a huge theatre in the shadow of Tiananmen Gate, is about to be revealed.

Dubbed the Egg because of its smooth, translucent exterior and ovoid shape, the National Theatre for the Performing Arts is three years behind schedule, after more than 40 years in the planning. Of uncompromising modernity, it has aroused strong feelings, standing as it does alongside the Stalinist-style bulk of the Great Hall of the People and a stone's throw from the golden eaves of the Forbidden City.

Wang Zhengming, director of the 2.7 billion-yuan (Pounds 180 million) theatre, designed by the French architect Paul Andreu, seems to relish the debate about a building that will be China's premier showcase for international and domestic artists. He quotes a Chinese proverb: "Two parallel streams can never meet." And laughs: "This shows that this building is full of character." He is equally unconcerned by criticism that the project is late.

He told The Times: "Mr Andreu told us that anywhere in the world a building as complicated as this would take ten years to build, but we said that in China we could do it in four. He said even in China it would take seven years -and he was right."

A further delay came when costs and safety were reviewed after the new terminal at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris -also designed by Mr Andreu -collapsed in 2004. Next came the challenge of keeping the titanium and glass shell shining in a city that is heavily polluted and hit by dust storms from the Gobi desert. Mr Wang said: "We can wash off the dust but the bird droppings are really troublesome."

Cleaners will tackle the titan-ium roof and a nanotechnology film that covers the glass will dissolve droppings and dust.

This week, more than 16,000 cubic metres of water -enough to fill 42 Olympic swimming pools -was poured into the lake on which the dome will "float", before a preliminary opening on October 1 -National Day. Visitors will enter under the circle of water, through a glass-roofed passage.

Mr Wang says the first performance will be before the end of the year and certainly before the Olympics in August 2008.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 06:41 PM   #33
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The dome was officially opened yesterday (Sep 25 2007). here re-posting some nterior pics:

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Old September 27th, 2007, 07:35 PM   #34
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Some of my older UC photos from March :







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Old September 28th, 2007, 03:10 PM   #35
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I went to see it at yesterday night
the weather is very windy
so the waters aroud it became a wave after another
it was too beautiful
even the greatest building I've ever seen
those pictures can not represent its real look
because it is very huge
you'd better go to see it in person
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Old September 28th, 2007, 05:21 PM   #36
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love it

thanks for the pics !!
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Old September 28th, 2007, 06:27 PM   #37
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Old September 28th, 2007, 06:47 PM   #38
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I really like the interiors and it is an impressive design overall!
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Old September 30th, 2007, 12:26 AM   #39
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gorgeous, any more pix of the interior?? and the surround area?
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Old September 30th, 2007, 03:57 AM   #40
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Really really beautiful..
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