The dreamlike architecture of the National Centre for the Performing Arts is situated on the western side of Tiananmen Square just west of the Great Hall of the People. The main structure consists of the exterior protective glass and steel shell and an opera house seating 2,416, a music hall seating 2,017, a theatre seating 1,040 and a huge lobby.
The semi-oval roof is composed of 20,000 strong titanium metal plates and over 1,200 colored glass screens of varying sizes. With the whole building floating on a man-made lake, spectators go through an 80-meter-long underwater tunnel to enter the hall. When night falls, the silver-colored oval theatre surrounded by crystal clear water looks magically enchanting, with titanium metal plates and the glass shell reflect the rays of the evening sun in fluid colors. The Theatre is dubbed "a drop of crystal water".