The New Shanghai Oriental Arts Center
The new Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, in the shape of a butterfly, which is designed by leading French architect Paul Andreu, is an architectural symphony in Shanghai. Situated at Pudong New Area, it covers an area of 40,000 square meters close to Century Square. The five main halls of the center are like the five petals of a beautiful butterfly orchid in full bloom, which are the entrance to the main hall, the concert hall, the performance hall, the exhibition hall, and the opera house. In the center is the 1,953-seat concert hall, which is the city's first fully professional performance venue for concerts with the most advanced digital sound console, first-class seating for audiences and a state-of-the-art organ. It is considered to be one of the very few top concert halls in China. Besides the concert hall, the center is consisted by a 1,020-seat opera house and a 333-seat performance hall. The inner is decorated with a dazzling display of porcelain accessories.