Looking a whole lot like a half-cracked LEGO creation, NL Architects’ design for a new all-in-one performing arts center in Taipei doesn’t seem entirely logical. With holes in the structure itself, the design could lend itself well to a few mild heart attacks from those that suffer from a fear of heights. But not so fast, my friend. They may be on to something here…
Designboom likens the structure to a tabletop with four legs supporting a flat upper surface, leaving an open area in the center as a kind of communal meeting ground. With the lofty goal of including all things entertainment for every age under the sun, this would likely be a massive city staple. The intent is to include a hotel, restaurants, bars, clubs, library, galleries, swimming pool, playground, three different theaters, and a skating rink. So, a person could potentially get their sleeping, swimming, clubbing, and browsing done all in one place. Talk about sufficiency.
Surely, this Performing Arts Center could bring an entire community together with its sheer volume of activities and offerings. Who knows? Maybe opera-goers and hyperactive club rats could get along after all. And of course, with a design so strangely functional, MC Escher would be proud.
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