De­sign Won­der

Society Interiors - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

Toyo Ito’s Taichung Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera House has been com­pleted, and will open for the public early this month. Span­ning six sto­ries and more than 6,24,300 sq.ft., the de­sign from the Pritzker Prize–win­ning ar­chi­tect fea­tures three the­aters as well as re­hearsal rooms and a restau­rant. The façade is adorned with a se­ries of hour­glass wells, filled with grid­ded glaz­ing to frame city views from in­ter­nal ter­races. The cav­ernous in­te­rior fea­tures nu­mer­ous stair­wells, lob­bies, and au­di­to­rium spaces. Re­ceiv­ing sup­port from 58 curved wall units, the beam-and col­umn-free struc­ture houses a 2,014-seat grand the­ater, an 800-seat the­ater and a 200-seat black­box the­ater. The the­aters will host mostly lo­cal pro­gram­ming with some in­ter­na­tional at­trac­tions as well. Lo­cal mu­sic groups and stu­dents will also be ac­com­mo­dated.

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