greg lynn: RV prototype house at biennale interieur 2012 greg lynn: RV prototype house at biennale interieur 2012
oct 25, 2012

greg lynn: RV prototype house at biennale interieur 2012

‘RV – room vehicle’ by greg lynn, at interieur 2012, kortrijk, belgium image © designboom




the ‘RV prototype house’ (room vehicle) by architect greg lynn is a 1/5th scale model of a residence that increases the living space by rotating in two axes on a robotic base developed for the future primitives exhibition at biennale interieur 2012 in kortrijk, belgium. by reducing the footprint into a single floor, wall and ceiling surface the dwelling brings together intelligent systems, comfort and freedom of motion. the 150m2 area is realized with a 60m2 impression which is composed of a lightweight core made of carbon fiber fabric making the entire mass of the shell less than 50 kilos allowing it to revolve easily.


greg lynn speaks to designboom about his future primitives project ‘RV – room vehicle’
video © designboom




the reduction of its overall impact brings a new layer of enthusiasm and activity to the typical home, similar to that of an exercise machine or hamster ball. the living environment responds to its surrounding landscape so that it is optimized to the weather, daylight and temperature through its rotational actions. taking influence from the inner hull of a boat, the bespoke dwelling proposes a new typology which was once sedentary, into one based on movement and interaction.

‘RV prototype house’ in vertical rotation image © designboom


the 150m2 area is reduced to a 60m2 footprint image © designboom


view of the robotic base which controls the dwelling’s rotational movements image © designboom


general exhibition view image © designboom


image © designboom


image © designboom


horizontal axis image © designboom


detail of mechanics image © designboom


plans(left) evening rotation(center) kitchen rotation(right) day rotation


sections(left) evening rotation(center) kitchen rotation(right) day rotation


sections(left) evening rotation(center) kitchen rotation(right) day rotation


sections(left) evening rotation(center) kitchen rotation(right) day rotation



rendering from above image © greg lynn form


exhibition rendering image © greg lynn form



plan drawing image © greg lynn form


sketch of circular track image © greg lynn form


section sketch showing living spaces image © greg lynn form


architect greg lynn portrait © designboom




the biennale INTERIEUR 2012 has invited 7 artists, designers and architects to create a project room. curator lowie vermeersch explains the future primitives showcase which features nendo, makkink & bey, ross lovegrove, greg lynn, troika, david bowen and muller van severen. 


INTERIEUR 2012 biennale in the city, city in the biennale 20 – 28 october kortrijk, belgium


the biennale INTERIEUR is now in its 23rd edition and is internationally recognized as an not-to-be-missed overview of trends, tastes and cultural movements. INTERIEUR 2012 will be bigger and better than ever with an extensive programme and an exciting mix of culture and commerce. it will bring a curated selection of 300 international design brands to 90.000 expected visitors over a period of nine days, additional exhibitions are scheduled to be shown in the city-centre, andpop-up bars plus a restaurant will be installed beyond the halls of the fairgrounds.

  • a hamster ball, huh

    I think he’d better find another analogy

    dbkii says:
  • the RV prototype house, powered by CAB (computer aided brainwanking)

    tico says:
  • Thanks for that. It does remind me of a Hamster ball.
    Computer aided brainwanking! Excellent!
    This person never did anything wrong in his mother’s eyes.

    rcvs1 says:
  • Fair enough. Inasmuch as The architect has invoked such reality-based concerns as intelligent systems and optimization of weather, it seems only fair play to call his concept out on its lack of the very comforts one might expect…after all that tumbling in the sun, I mean. An intellect of Mr. Lynn’s magnitude might offer his ingenious solutions…if we ask him nicely …(peeing into a vacuum and eating/drinking from plastic tubes?).

    Chaszr says:
  • a five pound bag will only hold five pounds, Mr.Lynn. Or were you under the impression that five pounds feathers weighs less than five pounds of…umm…(discretion prohibits)

    LoganD says:
  • So, who gets the remote?

    Cyberia says:
  • Why do smart people waste time coming up with stuff like this?

    m.rhodes says:
  • Ever heard of Gravity dude!!! No one wants the contents of their toilet washing around their feet at the dinner table. It\’s not the people who come up with this rubbish who are to blame, it\’s those who pay for it to be built and give it the space to be \’inflicted\’ upon the world. We all have ideas like this in our heads, but rational thought tells us that\’s where it should stay.

    SJS says:
  • Conceptually I think it’s interesting. It’s an exploration, obviously not something really feasible. In any case, this notion of the ‘active home’ is a stimulating one. Would be nice to see ideas which are more achievable though, but experimentation leads to this…

    Jess says:
  • To further your comment Jess, I also believe that this ‘active home’ has its merits. We forget that movement and mobility are becoming increasing desirable features in a residence. I can’t wait for the day a house takes another form than a rectangular box.

    Kelly C. says:
  • bring back Utopia and the radicals.. it starts with projects like these that challenge the general audience. why so negative everyone?

    tim k says:
  • the idea is kinda cool. but i does look like a torso of a doll with all the extremities ripped off.

    ilya bourim says:
  • well, the man feels comfortable.

    als says:

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