This decision was taken by the Chinese authorities despite the statement of French experts that design errors were the cause of the disaster in Paris. Paul André is the author of one and the other building, but in Beijing they believe that the buildings are too different from each other to make any general conclusions. By the time of the tragedy on May 23, 2004, the theater was already 70 percent built. This is a huge structure near Tiananmen Square in the shape of a drop, with walls of glass and titanium alloy, surrounded by an artificial reservoir. Its cost is $ 328 million. The auditorium of the theater is designed for 6,000 people.
The project initially provoked certain objections in Chinese society, but they were associated with its originality and high cost, and not with security problems.