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The Concert hall inside Beijing National Grand Theatre in Beijing, China, on November 20, 2008. The National Centre for the Performing Arts was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. Completed in 2007, the 219.400 square meter building houses an opera house (2416 seats), a concert hall (2017 seats) and two theatres (one of 1040 seats) included in a titanium and glass shell which houses the public space. The concept of the National Centre for the Performing Arts is a cultural island in the middle of a lake. Photo by Lucas Schifres/Pictobank