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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Egg-shaped buildings From Around the World

Egg-shaped buildings from around the world

National Grand Theatre, China

National Centre for Performing Arts (The Egg, China) 


Have you ever noticed strange-shaped buildings on your travels or while on holiday abroad? Modern 
design is full of surprises, while ancient architecture is often awe-inspiring.Nowadays there are so
many architectural solutions that we are seeing buildings of all different shapes and forms.
To celebrate springtime and all things Easter, we have found some amazing egg-shaped structures from around 
the world. Here’s a bizarre collection of oval like buildings in architecture and art.
First, your Easter Egg Hunt clue for today…
EASTER EGG HUNT – DAY 6 CLUE: Salvador Dali’s egg-topped museum is based in Figueres, 
Spain – so we have sent our eggs to one of its holiday resorts that feature at the bottom of our 

National Centre for the Performing Arts (The Egg) 

in Beijing, China

Beijing's The Egg, Formally known as the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), is a seriously
impressive building in many ways. This ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass is a massive 12,000 square 
meters in size and seats 5,452 people in three halls.
It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu and took five years to build. striking oval Its structure is 
submerged in water and you can discover underwater corridors, an underwater garage, an artificial lake  and a
large green park. It contains an Opera House, and the Concert Hall and a Theatre.
China's Egg is located near the Tianamen Square, the Great Hall of the People and the Forbidden City. 
This futuristic building Caused quite some controversy When it stood against the backdrop of 
traditional Chinese architecture. Paul Andreu, did Howevere, try to blend this design to complement the  red 
walls of ancient buildings theses by using large open spaces, trees and water.

The Gherkin skyscraper in London, UK

Gherkin skyscraper in London
The Gherkin skyscraper in London, UK

Closer to home you will find one of London’s most recognisable landmarks, 30 St Mary Axe, or more commonly
 known as the ‘Gherkin’. It has been nicknamed London’s ‘egg-shaped’ building (although some say it looks
 more bullet-shaped) and was commissioned by Swiss Re to replace the Baltic Exchange which had been
 damaged by an IRA bomb in 1992. Whatever you want to call it, the Gherkin adds an interesting touch to
 London’s skyline.
Designed by Sir Norman Foster and constructed by Skanska, the Gherkin consists of 40 floors, standing 180
 metres tall and is the sixth tallest in London. This incredible structure has more than 24,000 square metres of 
glass cladding which incorporates a double glazing effect, with gaps in each floor creating six shafts that trap
 air between two layers of glass to insulate the rooms. The building was designed to be environmentally friendly 
and is recognized worldwide as a cutting-edge piece of modern architecture, having won a fair few architectural
A few facts about the Gherkin:
1) The lifts in the building have a capacity of 378 people and They travel at a speedy 6 meters per 
second.  This building is home to the Highest restaurant and bar in London. Sunset is a particularly 
good time to go  to  the  restaurant to make Which the most of the views stretch out to the Olympic site 
2) The height of the building is three times That of Niagara Falls   

3) Other popular names for this building are usual centered around its phallic shape, Such as 'Crystal 
Phallus' or ' The Towering Innuendo '  

4) The Spiraling pattern of the windows is a result of the floor layout, Which calls for each floor to be
 rotated five  degrees to the floor beneath it

The Cybertecture Egg, Mumbai, India

Cybertecture Egg, Mumbai, India
Cybertecture Egg, Mumbai, India

The Cybertecture Egg is the mother off all egg-shaped buildings.  Eggs in some cultures Symbolise
The Beginning of life and the birth of new, this ovoid space-age structure in Mumbai stands for All That is
innovative. Also resembling a flying saucer that's successfully landed on earth to carry out a special 
mission, the Cybertecture Egg combines iconic architecture, intelligent systems and environmental design 
to create an awe-inspiring landmark. The concept was inspired by Considering the world as an ecosystem 
Allowing life to evolve.
The building has sleek architecture, high quality engineering and geometric sophistication. It was designed
to create the 'best space to work in' for residents in the building. A system Called 'cybertecture health'
monitors the health of people in the building. Set up in the bathrooms, it's designed to keep track of blood
pressure and weight and this data can be retrieved and sent to doctors if need be. Another system used is 
'cybertecture reality' Which Allows You To Customise your favorite view and have real time scenery all around, 
Rather Than the view Currently in use in the work environment.
This eggs-traordinary workspace is environmentally friendly and self-sustaining. The building is Positioned at a
tilted angel in order to reduce the solar gain of the building. There is Also a sky garden on the top of the 
building Which Performs thermolysis decomposition. It has PV panels That Optimise solar power and wind 
turbines on the roof to generate electricity. It even conserves water with a built-in recycling system.

Pysanka (Easter Egg) Museum, Kolomyia city, Ukraine

Pysanka Museum, Ukraine
Pysanka Museum, Ukraine

This building really does pay tribute to all things Easter and eggs. The city of Kolomyia in Ukraine is home
 to the Largest Easter egg in the world. It is unique Because it was Specially 
constructed to keep and exhibit the works of Pysanka paintings. The word pysanka Specifically Refers to an 
egg decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs - it's the Ukrainian word for Easter egg.
Built in 2007, this colorful Easter egg-shaped building is the only museum in the world That is dedicated to
the Pysanka, and is now a Recognised landmark of modern Ukraine. Home to More than 15,000 Easter eggs
from around the world, the majority of eggs on display are traditional Pysanka eggs but there are Several 
exhibits from other Countries Including Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Sweden, India, the U.S. and 

The museum of Salvador Dali, Figueres, Spain

The museum of Salvador Dali in Figueres, Spain

Museum of Salvador Dali, Spain

The Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Spain Is not really egg-shaped, but its roof is generously 
decorated with eggs so we Could not miss this one out. Dali was born in Figueres and although he 
died in 1989 his fame lives on in his popular works and in the places That Influenced his life and art in the
Costa Brava region of north eastern Spain.
The museum itself is a work of art, with its giant eggs That adorn the top of the building and walls decorated
with bread rolls. Whilst inside the building you will find yourself immersed in a 'Dali experience', with around 
1,500 drawings, paintings, photographs, jewelry designs and other works. Eggs are a comment image 
in Dali's work Which apparently Symbolise hope and love.
The building was designed by Dali and is the largest to a surrealistic object in the world. It contains the 
broadest range of Dali's works from his earliest paintings and his surrealist creations down to some of his 
works created in the very last years of his life. If you are on holiday in the Costa Brava or happen to be in 
Barcelona it is well worth taking a visit to this museum dedicated to one of the most famous artists or all time. 
Also You will find some works by other artists That Dali wanted to include.

Emma Knight
Emma is a senior content editor at Directline Holidays, and one game of roles is looking after the 
blog. Having a snake always a passion for travel, games, favorite place to visit is India and her 
next trip will be to South America.

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