Our design practice is based on the philosophy that both the practice and the products of architectural design can participate in the new developments that are redefining culture and our environment. It is our desire to translate the fluidity, flexibility and complexity of contemporary technologies into built form. We attempt to creatively relate the functional, cultural, and construction concerns of architecture to a new formal expression. Because of this experimental approach, the aesthetic signature of our projects inevitably changes based on the specific context, budget and function of each project. Often, this flexible design approach yields fluid spaces composed of subtly varying smooth surfaces. This formal language of continuity is a recent development in many fields and in architecture we find these surfaces useful for inventing spaces which are both precise and adaptable. These structures have allowed the office to remain innovative while realizing built projects on the cutting edge of the profession.
Each project is a new challenge for both the design team and the client. Along with the building itself, the design process becomes part of several years of theoretical and technical preparation and ongoing research. The design principal, Greg Lynn, is active in the art world and in academia through his teaching, lectures, exhibitions and publications. Because of this involvement with a larger intellectual culture, the design process extends beyond the building itself into a larger public realm. This lends a high visibility for both the projects and the clients to a public that extends beyond the physical context of the buildings.
With projects in the United States and Europe, our office has already redefined the conventional design office to include forms of collaboration that cross both geographic and professional boundaries. We are not only amenable to, but are reliant on the input of specialists, consultants and users. We are experienced in participating within globally dispersed design teams and we have worked in combination with both international and local consultants and architects. By exploiting information transfers via electronic networks we have been able to integrate geographically disparate parties into coherent design teams. In this way we can take advantage of both local experience and international expertise simultaneously. We actively borrow both computer software and hardware developed by a range of disciplines including: aeronautical, naval, automotive and industrial design, along with physics, geology and the film industry. These methods are adapted to the tasks of architectural design yielding unforeseen and interesting results.