Situated close to Tiananmen Square, opposite the Forbidden City, the new Beijing Opera comprises a cultural center with a total surface area of 200,000 m² above ground and 36,000 m² under ground. This ellipsoidal dome spanning 210 m and 140 m, rises from a lake and houses:

• A 2,500-seat opera house

• A 2,000 capacity concert venue

• Two theaters (1,200 and 520 seats). Spectators enter the theater through a transparent gallery just under the lake.


  • Structural Engineering Design
  • MEP engineering


Paris Aéroport

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Key challenges

Earthquake-resistant design. The complexity of the technical equipment for a structure with a major underground component. Acoustic performance. Innovation in the structural design of the ellipsoidal shell.