A new auditorium by Penda, a Beijing- and Vienna-based architecture firm, takes inspiration from the artist MC Escher in its design. Built for the Hongkun Museum of Fine Art, the auditorium by Penda features curved lines, circles and mirrors that simultaneously obscure and elucidate the humble space.
Called the Hongkun Art Auditorium, the space is bright and airy in terms of the materials used. The mirrors disperse light throughout the auditorium, and the pinewood finish contributes to spatial brightness. However, even this ample amount of light can't make up for the paradoxical, puzzling aspect of the auditorium's design. Built with contrasting arches and counter-arches, Penda's design endlessly reflects both inward and outward thanks to the mirrors placed throughout, causing people to get lost in the small space.