Fold - Unfold - Wrap - Unwrap

architect Thom Mayne
project Hypo Alpe-Adria Center , Klagenfurt, Austria
written by Nikola Polak


Morphosis: the sequence or manner of development or change in an organism or any of its parts;  

Random House Compact Unabridged Dictionary, New York, 1996




Thom Mayne set up Morphosis in 1972 in an attempt to break free from the limitations of traditional forms and materials and to overcome the hampering modern - postmodern dualism. Some twenty years and several projects later, Jeffrey Kipnis, in a critical review of the work of Morphosis published in 1993 in a special monograph edition of the Spanish magazine, Croquis, explained its rationale in the following way:


…Some critics have treated Morphosis’s deviations from canonic modernism primarily as a stylistic diversion, and there can be little doubt that the attention its work receives derives in large part from the fact that it is unabashedly seductive. I believe, however, that criticism underestimates the extent to which, within the aesthetics of its work, a political argument underwrites its claim to authenticity. (...)