Core Pacific City
Lonely Planet review for Core Pacific City
Some people call it Core Pacific City, we like to think of it as the Great Golf Ball of Taipei. Designed by Jon Jerde, the Pablo Picasso of the architecture world, Core Pacific City is quite probably the weirdest shopping mall in Asia. A building that is inspired (by MC Escher or perhaps LSD) to say the least, from the outside CPC looks like a gigantic golf ball being embraced by a stone sarcophagus. Though you can get in through the basement, for maximum weirdness take the escalator from the street into the main lobby, which is somewhat reminiscent of the Death Star from the first Star Wars trilogy.
Since the initial rush of publicity over its grand opening in 2001, Core Pacific City seems to have had a bit of a mixed ride, and if it's mostly empty shops are anything to go by, business is not booming inside the wonderfully strange, egg-shaped behemoth. Although the mall boasts restaurants, shops and a world-class movie theatre, as a shopping destination Core Pacific City has been completely eclipsed by the malls in and around nearby Taipei 101. Although it's still fairly unthinkable that the Living Mall will go belly-up anytime soon (though it would make a spectacular paintball arena in some future incarnation), exactly how much life is left in the Living Mall is anybody's guess.