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More than meets the I-beam

posted by Ainsley Drew   Mar 26, 2009

The Prada Transformer building in Seoul was designed to accommodate events in the spheres of art, architecture, film, and fashion, and it does so in a wholly unusual way: the entire structure somersaults.

From the site’s press release:

The Transformer combines the four sides of a tetrahedron: hexagon, cross, rectangle and circle into one pavilion. The building, entirely covered with a smooth elastic membrane, will be flipped using cranes, completely reconfiguring the visitor’s experience with each new programme. Each side plan is precisely designed to organize a different event installation creating a building with four identities. Whenever one shape becomes the ground plan, the other three shapes become the walls and the ceiling defining the space, as well as referencing historic or anticipating future event configurations.


The building was designed by cranium-cracking architect Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. No word on whether the company that manufactures Dramamine was an investor.

[via Inhabitat]

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