'Blobitecture', also known as 'blobism', is a term given to a post-modern architectural style characterised by curved and rounded building shapes, or 'blob architecture'. Blobitecture buildings appear to have an organic form that is soft and free-flowing, yet comes together to produce a complex whole.
The design of buildings has historically been limited by the performance of materials found in nature or easily manufactured from available materials. With the modern capability of technology to supply entirely 'artificial' complex substances, with unique performance characteristics the range of possible design forms has grown considerably.
Architecture radicals, such as Archigram in the 1960s, Buckminster Fuller and the deconstructivists, began to design unusual, inflatable and 'plastic' buildings that exploited this potential, and sometimes were even beyond the structural possibilities of the time.
However, it was in the 1990s, with the wide-spread adoption of computer-aided design (CAD) that buildings adopting unconventional geometric shapes, free of right-angles, became practical. The architect Greg Lynn coined the term 'blobitecture', which he based on the software feature that created Binary Large Objects.
Some of the most prominent examples of blobitecture include:
De Admirant Entrance Building, Eindhoven
Selfridges Buildings, Birmingham
Metropol Parasol, Seville
Eden Project, Cornwall
Kunsthaus Graz (see top image)
Experience Music Project, Seattle
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