Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture found Asymptote in 1987 in New York. In pushing back the boundaries of their discipline and investigating the potentials of new technologies, they secure a prominent place in the world of architecture.

Rashid and Couture believe that architecture has a much broader definition that goes far beyond buildings and designs for buildings. They see architecture as a process in which vision is translated into flowing almost insubstantial forms. Asymptote is chiefly engaged with the concept of architecture rather than simply its physical aspects. Buildings should not be seen as physical objects but as images, shapes and lines that create a fluid, dynamic composition.

Asymptote argues for architecture as 'instable medium'. The role of the architect has become as fluid as that of architecture itself: increasingly dedicated to (virtual) concepts and research and increasingly less occupied with the creation of tangible buildings. Asymptote builds the Haarlemmermeer Pavilion for the Floriade among other things, designs a virtual museum for digital art for the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and an office furniture system for the Knoll furniture company.


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