Synthorch is a speculative orchidarium about a biological architecture that grows and changes as much as its users and inhabitants. It is a place to document, record, study, and ultimately exhibit both real and synthetic orchids for the public.
Typically, buildings are designed to keep nature out. However, this building, being a place for orchids and people, reverses this relationship automatically. It is about looking at aspects of plant life which are traditionally seen as negative and making them work not only for the building, but also as the building. In this case, the skin of the building allows for the growth of moss, mold, vegetation, and other organics to become apart of the facade. Tree roots and other systems are also allowed to infiltrate through the exterior and into the structural core of the building. The accumulation of these processes over time results in a building that is just as alive as the things and people that occupy it.
“Certainly a short story about an amorphous, quasi-sentient, mass of crude oil taking over the planet will not contain the type of logical rigor that one finds in the philosophy of Aristotle or Kant. But in a different way, what genre horror does do is it takes aim at the presuppositions of philosophical inquiry – that the world is always the world for us – and makes of those blind spots its central concern, expressing them not in abstract concepts but in a whole bestiary of impossible life forms – mists, ooze, blobs; slime, clouds, and muck. Or, as Plato once put it, “hair, mud, and dirt.”.” – Eugene Thacker, In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy. 2011. Zero Books.
Created by Ryan Cook with Jason Johnson