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THE EMBRYOLOGICAL HOUSE --- GREG LYNN --- BODY DIAGRAMING

Interpreting the possible relationships between a body and a building is difficult as even thought the interaction is
intended and planed in its the perception and the factor of diversity of people that causes an imbalance in this
equation. Architect Greg Lynn's Embryological House is at once made and born, a hybrid of computer simulation and
genetic mutation.

GREG LYNNS

BODY

Greg Lynns work the The Embryological House is a postmodern, organicist style inspired by evolutionary biology
and the science of turbulence and made possible by the computer's ability to generate warped or fluid forms. The
relationship between architecture and the body is apparent at many levels in this example of his work. The
Embryological House is suppose to trace the evolution pattern of the human embryo.
One of Lynns biggest fears was : How do you keep a biological house from eating its occupants?

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Figure 1: Here are a sequence of


diagrams that address Lynns fear of the
form consuming the occupants.

GREG LYNNS

The Embryological House represents a new approach to fabrication and growth. Historically, a modern house would
be thought of as a kit-of-parts. Each part is distinct and discreet, and you customize the house through the addition
or subtraction of parts from the kit.

Figure 2: Here are a sequence of


diagrams that studies the stages of
evolution in terms of mutation and
blurring of boundaries
At the prototyping stage Lynn defined this project in stages and each mutation was considered a stage in evaluation,
non of the mutations were considered perfect.

Figure 3 : Here are a sequence of


diagrams that studies the spreading of
infection through a system

Blurring of boundaries
The concept was that system had the same morphospacethe same form-spaceso that a change in any component
would inflect every other component within the system.
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The Embryological House was an attempt to participate in that economic reality, but with a completely different
implicit lifestyle and relationship to the environment. Lynn wanted to take a more biological approach, where there
would be no discreet components.

POSSIBLE MUTATION PATTERNS AS NON WAS CONSIDERED IDEAL

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Figure 4 : Diagrams the mutation


System and the possible iterations that
could be generated in varied sequences

- Lynn

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The Embryologic Houses can be described as a strategy for the invention of domestic
space that engages contemporary issues of brand identity and variation, customisation
and continuity, flexible manufacturing and assembly and, most importantly, an
unapologetic investment in the contemporary beauty and voluptuous aesthetics of
undulating surfaces rendered vividly in iridescent and opalescent colours.

The Embryologic Houses employ a rigorous system of


geometrical limits that liberate models of endless variations.

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Figure 5 : the endless iterations that


could be generated using the basic
program code

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Each iteration is generated by surface


morphology

Agrest, Diana I. Architecture from Without: Body, Logic, and Sex, in Architecture from Without,
1993, 173-191.

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Works Cited

Merleau-Ponty, M. The Synthesis of Ones Own Body, in Phenomenology of Perception, 1962,


148-54.

Karen Burns. Greg Lynns embryological house project: the Technology and metaphors of metorsm
of Architecture, 2000
Lynn, Greg. Animate Form. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1999.
Lynn, Greg. Greg Lynn: Embryological Houses, AD Contemporary Processes in Architecture
70, 3, London: John Wiley & Son, 2000: 26-35.
Lynn, Greg, Folds, Bodies and Blobs: Collected Essays. Brussells: La Lettre Vole, 2004.

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External References