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Describe the structure: the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing, China


"National Grand Theatre" by Flickr user Hui Lan from Beijing, China - national theatre at Flickr. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:National_Grand_Theatre.jpg#/media/File:National_Grand_Theatre.jpg

The exterior of the theater is a titanium-accented glass dome that is completely surrounded by a man-made lake. It is said to look like an egg floating on water, or a water drop. It was designed as an iconic feature, something that would be immediately recognizable.

The dome measures 212 meters in east–west direction, 144 meters in north–south direction, and is 46 meters high. The main entrance is at the north side. Guests arrive in the building after walking through a hallway that goes underneath the lake. The titanium shell is broken by a glass curtain in north–south direction that gradually widens from top to bottom.