London-based Steven Chilton Architects (SCA) has designed this stunning theater as entry for a competition.
SCA takes its inspiration from ancient Chinese ivory puzzle balls, intricately carved artifacts made of concentric spheres carved from a single piece of ivory. Each sphere, freely rotating, has open carving, and to solve the puzzle, the balls need to be rotated until all the holes are aligned.
“Revered for their beauty, mystery and inherent mastery, they are the embodiment of the qualities and characteristics the architecture aspires to evoke,” explained the architect.
The proposed Puzzle Ball Theater will have a main entrance built up from offset circular openings to provide the illusion of the multiple spheres embedded within one another.
The asymmetric, overlapping patterns of the panels will form geometric designs that will be carved to reference local wooden window shutters and to allow daylight to filter into the lobby.