Renowned Zaha Hadid Architects go all M.C. Escher

Looking at the image above, it'd be hard to tell which was is up if there weren't people walking around, but the ceiling definitely takes a cue from the floor's stairs, giving the scene a decidedly M.C. Escher feel. Luckily, the rest of the design for the House of Culture & Art in Amman, Jordan isn't as dizzying, and instead is filled with those alien-like curves we've come to expect from Zaha Hadid Architects.

This isn't just some flight of fancy, either. Zaha Hadid won the bid to design the center, formally known as the King Abdullah II House of Culture & Art, and when construction starts in 2012, it'll lay the groundwork for a 1,600-seat concert hall and 4,00-seat theater, as well as an educational center, rehearsal rooms, and galleries.

Check it all out in full detail in the gallery below.

E-Architect, via Dezeen