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The National Grand Theatre situated west of the Great Peoples Hall occupies an area of 118900 square metres and sits on a construction site of 149500 square meters It costs 38 billion Yuan an amount which could have subsidised five million poor students educations To show how arrogant and out of touch the regime is and how careles it is to the needs of the poeple it rules it has ignored every expert all of whom has strongly opposed and resisted this project Experts have questioned the need to spend over 3 billion Yuan to construct such a gigantic entertainment facility even as the unemployed in Beijing go without basic food and shelter Moreover the French architect in charge Paul Andreu has had no experience in designing theatres In fact on May 23 2004 the roof of the new terminal at Charles de Gaulle Airport designed under Andreus supervision collapsed killing six and multiple injuries The public prosecutors office in Paris France said on May 29 2004 that Paul Andreu was suspected of being involved in fraudulent practices in his efforts to win the bid for the National Grand Theatre in Beijing Just by looking at the Opera House one can immediately recognise that it is completely out of harmony with the traditional culture of Beijing So much for the CCPs respect of the ancient capital of six dynasties in Chinese history In addition many consider it a complete waste of money one of style over substance Michael Kirkland from The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada commented that this design had flushed architectural language and basic scientific principles down the toilet In fact so stupid was the end design that it had to go underground as deep as six to eight stories Architectural Review the worlds most renowned architectural magazine called the theatre an outrage in its December 1999 issue A huge shimmering blob sits jellyfish-like in the middle of its pond yet another addition
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