Dominique Jakob and Brendan MacFarlane do highly experimental work with architecture, skillfully employing new digital tools and non-standard production techniques to define new ways of building. They approach all their projects through the analytical principle of immersion in the context, broadening the field of their diagnosis with the aim of creating a genuine interference on the sites where they intervene. For the Restaurant Georges atop the Centre Pompidou (1998-2000), the open framework designed by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers plays host to fluid envelopes in aluminum where the motif of the grid reappears, offering the public a critical awareness of their architectural surroundings. For their project Docks en Seine (Paris, 2007-08), the same phenomenon of distorted frameworks engendered a gigantic structure, called the plug over, which runs like a continuous flow over the entire length of these historic former warehouses (first Parisian structures in reinforced concrete). The architects have demonstrated their ability to intervene in any type of program (individual homes and collective housing, cultural facilities, exhibition designs, object designs, etc.) and on every scale.
Dominique Jakob (b. 1966) and Brendan MacFarlane (b. 1961) first worked with the Morphosis firm (Thom Mayne) in Los Angeles, before opening their own office in Paris in 1994. Among their main achievements are the Restaurant Georges on the sixth floor of the Centre Pompidou (Paris, 1998-2000), the restructuring of the Maxime Gorki Theater (Petit-Quevilly, 1998-2004), the Florence Loewy Bookstore (Paris, 2001), the restructuring of the Centre de communication de Renault (Boulogne-Billancourt, 2001-2004), the Hérold complex of 100 housing units (Paris, 2003-08), Docks en Seine (Paris, 2007-08) and the Cube Orange (Lyon, 2005-2010). Their projects have been exhibited internationally (SF MoMA, 2004; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2004; ArchiLab 1999, 2001 and 2003; the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Venice Biennale; Œuvres Construites 1948-2009, Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris, 2010; La Ville Intelligente. Hello Demain - Orange, Parc de la Villette, Paris, 2011).