Gallery: Toyo Ito Breaks Ground on Taichung Metropolitan Opera

 

 

Taichung, a city in central Taiwan, has broken ground on a new metropolitan opera house that it hopes will make the region known for its culture. Designed by Toyo Ito, the Taichung Metropolitan Opera began construction in December of 2009 and is expected to open in 2013. Environmental awareness is one of the project’s principle considerations, and the finished project features a curvaceous structure designed to integrate into the surrounding natural landscape.

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  1. kristiantheconqueror March 24, 2010 at 3:57 am

    One thing that strikes me about this (aside from the borderline fraudulent ‘recyclable’ claim) is the statement that this building is “designed to integrate into the surrounding natural landscape.” I’ve seen a lot of bull in modern design, but that might just top it all. The thing is essentially a giant sponge. It is one of the least natural-looking buildings I have ever seen, and the fact that it’s curious internal bulges happen to line up with the walkways in the park doesn’t make it integrate into the natural environment: it makes it integrate into the human grid of concrete placed upon the natural environment. It is an interesting design, granted, but the BS that these guys are throwing into the air to make it seem environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing for it’s environment should be recognized as BS and noted as such.

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