National Grand Theatre by Paul Andreu

A stone’s throw from Tiananmen Square, this huge abstract intervention seems to have landed awkwardly in the middle of a bustling city. It defies interaction either with neighboring buildings or pedestrians passing by.  The building sets the arts housed inside clearly apart from the life of the city.  Though bold and striking in form from the exterior, it is cold and vacuous in much of the interior.

Thinking about Contemporary Practices
Posted September 12, 2010