You have to hand it to the Chinese ... they know how to built ridiculously cool structures. This is the National Center for the Performing Arts (a.k.a. The Egg) situated in Beijing, near Tienanmen Square. I can just imagine how the planning meeting must have gone:
Chinese Official: We would like for you to design for us a hyper-modern structure of considerable proportions and extreme opulence.
Architect: How about a 12,000 square meter space egg surrounded by water?
Chinese Official: Will it be smooth, shiny and visible from space?
Architect: Yes, I think we can manage that.
Chinese Official: Deal!
I only got to walk around the perimeter, but The Egg is truly impressive not only in sheer size, but the amazing architecture and details. I can only imagine how beautiful it must be inside.
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