Greg Lynn

The Canadian Centre for Architecture is an international research institution and museum premised on the belief that architecture is a public concern. We produce exhibitions and publications, develop and share our collection as a resource, advance research, offer public programs, and host a range of other activities driven by a curiosity about how architecture shapes—and might reshape—contemporary life. As part of a multiyear project that includes three exhibitions on twenty-five seminal projects, the CCA and Greg Lynn are publishing a series of digital publications recording conversations with key architects. The epubs are heavily illustrated with photos, drawings, renderings, videos, PDFs ...
This publication presents Peter Eisenman’s Biozentrum project, an expansion of Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, from 1987. In the competition brief, the program of the complex included biotechnology, molecular biology and biochemistry research laboratories and support spaces. The design process used biological concepts and procedures to generate the geometrical pattern that establishes the location, dimension and form of the complex. The iterations of DNA molecules in the production of the protein collagen were at the base of the fractal geometry guiding the project design. These pairs of figures, with a gap in between them, were the base forms Eisenman adopted ...
In this publication, Greg Lynn and Wolf Prix discuss Coop Himmelb(l)au’s BMW Welt, a corporate-event and car-delivery centre whose iconic form was realized with sophisticated structural analysis and visualization software. The project is located on the BMW campus in Munich, near the Olympic Park; among other corporate functions, it offers the opportunity for new BMW owners to learn more about their cars before driving them away from within the building itself. The design extends Prix’s interest in a cloud-like architecture without ties to the ground. Anchored in one corner by a twisting “double cone” made of nearly nine hundred unique steel ...
This publication presents Testa & Weiser’s Carbon Tower, a prototype for a forty-storey building made almost entirely of carbon fibre. The project exploits the affinities between two technologies that were rapidly advancing during the early 2000s: scripting and fibre-reinforced composite materials. Among its innovations was an early, highly complex 3D-printed model realized through a collaboration with 3D Systems. The project’s point of departure was a script, Weaver, that “weaves” 3D-modelled structural tubes along vectors that intersect one another at repeating increments, generating different densities and patterns of lines according to variable parameters. Carbon Tower pairs this geometry with the formal and ...
This publication presents the Chemnitz Stadium, a project whose visual effects and structural qualities were shaped by a transition from hand sketches to a digital 3D model. Cologne-based architects Peter Kulka and Ulrich Königs, in collaboration with structural engineer Cecil Balmond of Arup, developed the design through hand sketches that were translated into a digital 3D model. The stadium’s structure consists of four formal elements: the lower stands, the upper stands, a series of columns, and a translucent roof, which the architects described metaphorically as an artificial hill, a floating object, a forest, and a cloud, respectively. These distinct forms layer ...
This publication presents UNStudio’s Erasmus Bridge, a large-scale infrastructural project in Rotterdam that saw innovative use of digital files as tools for design and sites of communication. The City of Rotterdam commissioned UNStudio, led by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, to design a bridge over the River Maas in 1991. The challenge of the project was to engage the infrastructural constraints and scale with a design commensurate with the project’s civic and public significance. The architects collaborated using digital 3D computer-aided design and manufacturing models transferred between a team of engineers and construction contractors. A constant exchange of 3D files ...
This publication presents Expanding Sphere and Iris Dome, two projets by Chuck Hoberman, in their context during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Chuck Hoberman’s work focuses on the notion of transformable design: objects, structures and spaces that can change size and shape through the respective movements of their parts. The Expanding Sphere and Iris Dome could be considered as prototypes that can be later adapted for multiple uses — from toys to buildings. The development of controlling surfaces defined by geometric transformation, with zero material thickness, has been combined with the rigorous design and engineering of hinged and folding ...
Greg Lynn and Preston Scott Cohen discuss the Eyebeam Atelier Museum, a project for an art space in New York developed through 3D modelling to define a structure based on tensegrity. The project was developed for a competition in 2001 and was intended as a space for exhibition, education, and design in the domain of digital art. Preston Scott Cohen’s design defines distinct planes, chords, and stacked toroidal volumes in a segmented structural system that nevertheless allows for continuous and non-repeating circulation. Cohen’s use of digital technology for the Eyebeam project originated in his formal interests—specifically in geometry that could not ...
This digital publication presents H2Oexpo, an immersive environment designed by Lars Spuybroek that was capable of invoking water abstractly through volume, sloping ground planes, dynamic lighting, projected patterns and images, sound and other kinesthetic means. The project, located in a recreational area in the southwest of the Netherlands called WaterLand, was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management as a centre for visitors to learn about and experience the nation’s relationship with water. Spuybroek’s design merges a sinuous topological tubular space with digital images that wrap around floor, wall and ceiling surfaces. As part of a multiyear ...
This publication presents Morphosis’s Hypo Alpe-Adria Center, a project located in Klagenfurt, Austria, that creates a new landform in order to mediate the edge-city condition. In the 1990s, Austrian based Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank group was expanding into a major international corporation and commissioned Morphosis to build its new headquarters based on the office’s winning entry to an invited competition. Not only did the brief call for supporting the functions of the new conglomerate, it also stipulated civic and commercial space for the local community. Situated at the eastern edge of Klagenfurt, the project’s scale and density needed to address its context. ...
Greg Lynn and Mark Goulthorpe discuss HypoSurface, a computer-controlled elastic surface that responds to sounds, movement, and network commands—and suggests a future where buildings can move and react. HypoSurface began in 1998 and is still under development. Lynn and Goulthorpe consider its origins, its many influences, as well as how an international team including designers, mathematicians, and a composer worked together over multiple iterations of the project. As part of a multiyear project that includes three exhibitions on twenty-five seminal projects, the CCA and Greg Lynn are publishing a series of digital publications recording conversations with key architects. The epubs are heavily ...
This publication presents Interrupted Projections, an exhibition by Neil Denari at TOTOGALLERY・MA in Tokyo in 1996. Denari realized in built form the spatial character of his drawings and digital renderings of continuous curved surfaces, blending floor, wall, and ceiling. He built a structure inside the gallery space whose seamless surface was meant to be a physical representation of the way architecture can figuratively wrap itself around commercial and symbolic systems of value. As part of a multiyear project that includes three exhibitions on twenty-five seminal projects, the CCA and Greg Lynn are publishing a series of digital publications recording conversations with ...

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