asymptote architecture complete the ARC multimedia theater
asymptote architecture complete the ARC multimedia theater asymptote architecture complete the ARC multimedia theater
aug 27, 2013

asymptote architecture complete the ARC multimedia theater

asymptote architecture complete the ARC multimedia theater, daegu, korea
image © asymptote architecture



the architecture of the river culture pavilion ( ARC ) by asymptote architecture combines nature, technology and space to delineate a bold and striking architectural statement on the city of daegu’s riverfront while pioneering immersive projection technology. the bold curved form of the arc is a strong focal point set against the panoramic surroundings.  the material treatment of the buildings exterior contributes to the ethereal atmospheric quality of the pavilions presence on this site. the arc is designed to be in a symbiotic dialogue with it’s surroundings and the environs of daegu in celebration of the importance and powerful experiences of water and nature. the building houses a contiguous 60m x 20m seamless projection surface installed in the configuration of a moebius strip. the pavilion was initially opened for the world expo 2012 in south korea as one of the four rivers cultural pavilions and showcases the environmental four river restoration project. the 360 screen projection technology was configured and installed by domeprojection and auto-aligned and calibrated precisely for the 34-channel projection system. a seamless interior surface of the shell construction delineates the space of the main exhibition space as well as provides an uninterrupted skin for video footage.




exemplary view of the projection technology employed in the encompassing structure
video © asymptote architecture



view of the cloud-like form in context
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site rendering
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the theater is positioned for optimal views of the river
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the main architectural program of the ARC is a state of the art multimedia theater and spaces for myriad exhibitions. within the architecture, video, light, sound and movement all combine to produce a technological architecture  tethered to the natural surroundings and their phenomena of landscape. the visitor’s experience of this mediated environment takes place while moving through the pavilion’s exhibitions, culminating on the rooftop. from this elevated vantage point, on a roof terrace a pool of a water mirrors the vast sky above affording one another perspective on nature’s profound beauty as framed by the arc’s architecture.



a habitable roof complete the interactive pavilion
image © asymptote architecture



circulation views
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image © asymptote architecture



interiors draw from a moebiod form as well as the strata of rocks
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time-lapse of the construction
video courtesy asymptote architecture


  • A full view of the completed structure would have been helpful.

    Steve Raglin says:
  • hello steve,
    thank you for your comment. the first two photos featured in the article are, in fact, photos of the completed structure. hope this helps!

    cat garcia menocal I designboom says:

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