All images: Vincent Callebaut Architectures
Mobius strips hover somewhere in between 2D and 3D, creating an infinite surface in the process. While the idea of Mobius strip architecture has been tackled before, perhaps no scheme has been so ambitious as Vincent Callebaut’s “Swallow’s Nest,” a proposed arts and literature center for the Taiwanese city of Taichung.
Composed of a series of isosceles triangles gradually rotated around an ellipse, the building creates a dramatic division between interior and exterior while allowing the integration of public space into the center of the building by means of “the Infinite Patio.” The twisting of the structure also allows for three large vaulted spaces for the display of art objects.
The Swallow’s Nest incorporates three living-wall-clad cores that serve as circulation, and also to mark one’s position within the ellipse. These cores touch down as the building does—aside from the three footings, the structure is lifted above the ground to allow access to the courtyard space.