This remarkable structure can currently be found at a horticultural exhibition in Schwäbisch Gmünd/Germany. Made almost exclusively from wood panels shaped by algorithms, it is the most distinguishing feature to be seen there. An article in Wired magazine had brought its existence to my attention, and I decided to go, deeply curious about how the place might look & feel in reality.

To be honest: it was something of a letdown. Not the building in itself - which is truly a thing to marvel at, if quite a bit smaller than I had imagined. The real problem: whoever was responsible for it didn’t dare leave the building empty. Instead they opted to fill it up with clutter and tchotchkes, such as seating, noticeboards on the house’s construction, one of the robots used and the like. None of this should have been there, because it simply prevented the visitor from experiencing the space created by this amazing architecture. A shame, really.

Adrian, Eduardo, Philippe and Christine said thanks.

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Marcus Hammerschmitt

Writer, journalist and photographer. Eighteen books so far, on paper and on screen. My biography is boring, my life is not.

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