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Arkham Asylum Shopping

Arkham's Razor: A theory which suggests that the simplest explanation tends to lead to Cthulhu.

It's a tool that works well for me, as it's the only thing I can think of that explains the angular collapsed-hypercube that is The Crystals in Las Vegas' new City Center development. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, it's a convoluted, angular space. Outside artificial lightning and aurorae race across the LED-encrusted surfaces, inside it's a warped space colony fantasy, where stark surfaces are interrupted by laminated wooden extrusions.

It's one of the most unusual pieces of architecture I've seen, where false perspectives steal your sense of scale.

Ia, ia, fhtagn, let's go shopping!

The Non-Euclidean Shopping Mall

The Non-Euclidean Shopping Mall

The Non-Euclidean Shopping Mall

Las Vegas, Nevada
January 2010