New York architecture practice Asymptote Architecture has unveiled the first public renderings of a new centre for the performing arts for the city of Sejong, South Korea. The design of the 15,000 square-metre multifunction building references the curving structures of local temples in an attempt to conjure a modern reinterpretation of the city’s vernacular architecture.
Visitors can access the centre from a large plaza leading to two entrances that cut the geometric facade along a diagonal axis. On entering the building, a sculptural pleated interior leads people through the atrium into the main foyer. In addition to a theatre that will provide a regular schedule of activities, the centre also features a restaurant, a media lab, a lecture theatre and an art gallery.