Swallow’s nest is a new architectural icon, dedicated to the Fine Arts and Literature, designed by Vincent Cellebaut. It is a showcase of spatial versatility and cultural eclecticism. This crystal-like building is located on the site of the old Taichung airport, and represents a true gate to the new urban ecosystem. To be precise, the actual shape of the center is three-dimensional Mobius’ ring that extrudes its triangular section around the elliptic path. It might seem complicated, but the geometry is derived from simple repetition of a typical section – an isosceles triangle, made with three great tubular beams forming an arch. Inspired by nature, this organic form grows harmoniously as a plant from earth to the sky, according to its architect. The twist at 360 degrees of the three faces of the triangle is designed under the shape of three ruled surfaces, easily adjusted and de-composable into flat panels, ensuring pragmatic feasibility and a better cost control.
The project of Taichung’s cultural center aims to be a pioneer project which would represent the symbiosis of the natural and artificial, regarding its eco and bio-climatic design, renewable energies and state-of-the-art technologies of information and communication. The focus is also on spatial flexibility, as a key for successful and durable design and zero carbon emission.
The plans of this striking development are dynamic and generate wide multiplicity of spatial typologies with variable height. Great level of flexibility is therefore obtained by a double-deck system, pinching a radiant beam. This network of perforated beams enables endless moving of each space along the center, so the building can adapt to future needs over time.