The construction of The Egg began in 1966 and was completed in 1978. Designed by Wallace Harrison, The Egg houses two theatres, including the Lewis A. Swyer Theatre and the Kitty Carlisle Hart Theatre. From a distance it seems as much a sculpture as a building. Though it appears to sit on the main platform, the stem that holds The Egg actually goes down six stories into the ground. The Egg keeps its shape by wearing a girdle – a heavily reinforced concrete beam that was poured along with the rest of the shell. This beam helps transmit The Egg’s weight onto the supporting pedestal and gives the structure an ageless durability that belies its nickname. The building’s curved exterior defines the interior statement as well. There are virtually no straight lines or harsh corners inside The Egg.
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