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Embryological House

Greg Lynn FORM

A conceptual project that forces digital modeling to evolve into animate form.

Embryological House is a research project in which Greg Lynn, between 1997 and 2001, pioneered the ability to generate forms and spatial situations through the study of complex geometrics, which he managed through the use of computer technology. The foundations of the project are rooted in the interweaving of ideas from different fields, so that the architect's work approaches the support of both philosophy and mathematics. On this solid basis, consisting of advanced theoretical research, a process of continuous and methodical experimentation with dynamic forms is founded.

The information technology is critical to developing the creative path: including the definition of base curves using Microstation while following three-dimensional geometrical modeling and Maya animation software.

Animation and video are the best way to manage and display an endless series of variations from primitive forms. The process ends with the transposition of the digital model with the physical model, made with the aid of CNC machines.

Greg Lynn is among the first architects to use these technologies. His reflection involves themes that bring spacial research close to tangible issues of industrialized production; variation within series; the study of the relationship between the individual components and the system of which they are part of. Even if his research is not always translated into the construction of physical architecture, it has a fundamental value and is recognized internationally for its high degree of experimentation.


United States 2002
Duration: 2'53''