Fisher and his London-based firm Stufish recently drew a lot of attention to with the completion of two real-life buildings that transform their entertainment-industry pedigree into permanent spectacle. The Han Show Theater in Wuhan, China, is a performance arts center complete with a glowing façade.
The design takes some of the principles of Stufish’s other work and makes them slightly more traditionally architectural. Inspired by Chinese lanterns, the building is a series of steel rings that intersect to mimic the bamboo structure of a paper lantern. Thousands of red LEDs give off a glowing effect on the concave surface. The façade can also display videos, making it come alive. Traditional Chinese roof forms are referenced as the bottom edge of the lantern form is offset.