Digital Grotesque is an architecture that defies classification and reductionism. It explores unseen levels of resolution and topological complexity in architecture by developing compositional strategies based on purely geometric processes.
In the Digital Grotesque project, algorithms create a form that appears at once synthetic and organic. The design process thus strikes a delicate balance between the expected and the unexpected, between control and relinquishment. The algorithms are deterministic as they do not incorporate randomness, but the results are not necessarily entirely forseeable. Instead, they have the power to surprise.
The resulting architecture does not lend itself to a visual reductionism. Rather, the processes can devise truly surprising topographies and topologies that go far beyond what one could have traditionally conceived.
Digital Grotesque is between chaos and order, both natural and the artificial, neither foreign nor familiar. Any references to nature or existing styles are not integrated into the design process, but are evoked only as associations in the eye of the beholder.
The leading architects of this new approach are M. Hansmeyer, Zurich, and B. Dillenburger, Toronto.