Speaking of typology, Dutch firm MVRDV has won an international competition for the design of the Comic and Animation Museum in Hangzhou, China with a scheme of concrete speech bubbles. Yes, the same bubbles that typify comics will cluster together and serve as a museum for… comics. It seems obvious but creates a structure both surprising and humorous, maybe even comedic.
The architect describes the evolution of comics as “develop[ing] more and more into a sophisticated art form.” Which, in a way, stands at odds with the idea of inflating a speech bubble with concrete. However unsophisticated the conceptual operation, the conceptual result is a variety of spaces that do appear sophisticated and compelling. That is, if you can see around the Kung Fu Panda and the Pokemon.