The building and the venues
The Teatre Nacional de Catalunya was created by the Department of Culture of the Government of Catalonia. Construction began on 8 November 1991 on land surrendered by Barcelona City Council. It is a complex made up of two different structures. The main building, in the form of a Greek temple, houses the Sala Gran (870 seats) and the Sala Petita (up to 450 seats), in addition to the main foyer, an area for artists, offices, and all complementary services. It has a surface area of 20,000 m2 covered by a metallic gabled roof supported on 26 columns of 12 metres in height.
The second auxiliary building has a surface area of 5,000 m2 and complements the general composition. It has both a traditional and modern appearance. This structure houses the Workshops of the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, including the Sala Tallers (up to 400 seats), a multiuse auditorium for all kinds of productions.