Asymptote Architecture

Asymptote Architecture

New York, NY


The Arc River Culture Theatre

The architecture of the ARC (River Culture Pavilion) combines nature, technology, and design. The bold curved form of the ARC  perched on a jutting peninsula surrounded by four principal rivers,  an awe-inspiring natural setting backdropped by the Daegu mountains. The architecture's vessel shape clad in silver dot-patterned ETFE pillows that are optically offsetting the structure’s strict geometry. Light emanating from a shallow pool of water at the building's base creates further luminous effects and enhances the atmospheric quality of the structure's technological enclosure. At the base of the building there is a grand stone entry portal embedded in the undulating landscape. This entrance leads to various interior exhibition spaces that flooded with daylight from interspersed skylights above. From here, a grand stair leads one up into the interior of the structure where an expansive, immersive 360-degree multimedia theater occupies the entire interior perimeter of the building. A visitor’s journey culminates on the roof terrace where a giant mirror reflecting pool captures and showcases the ever-changing sky above. The architecture and its surrounding landscape provide the opportunity to contemplate nature writ large and with that the interplay between ‘real’ and mediated experience.

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Status: Built
Location: Daegu, South Korea​
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Completed: June 2012

Size: 3,200 m2

Location: Daegu, South Korea

Architect: Asymptote Architecture

Design Principlas: Hani Rashid, Lise Anne Couture

Project Directors: Josh Dannenberg, John Guida

Design Team: Brian Deluna, Duho Choi

Allison Austin, Rebecca Caillouet, Gabriel Huerta,
John Hsu, Susan Kim, Ryan Macyauski, Yun Shi, Penghan Wu, Hong Min Kim

Client: Kwater Korea

Local Architect: EGA Seoul

Structural Engineer: Knippers Helbrig Stuttgard