KOL/MAC (Sulan Kolatan & William Mac Donald)


Since its start, KOL/MAC has developed concepts and methodologies inspired by new technologies of information and biology, which they apply to varying scales. The object, whether furniture, architecture or urban, is considered as a self-organizing system in relation with other systems, whose form emerges from its interaction with its environment. KOL/MAC develops the concept of the hybrid, utilizing the possibilities offered by the computer to blend the references and parameters linked to the social, geographic, economic and spatial context of the project, as if they were hypertext links. Thus, digital morphing engenders a “chimera”: a continuous and seamless combination of disparate elements folded into a homogeneous whole, and in which experimentation with new composite materials plays a key role. This architecture, designed as a living organism, adapts to highly changing contexts. With Resi-Rise Skykraper (2000), a reference to Japanese Metabolism of the 1960s, the tower’s construction is constantly renewed by plugging in new pods, thereby adapting to both the property market and to the nomadism of the population.

Sulan Kolatan (Turkey, 1958) is a graduate of Columbia University in New York (1984) and the Rheinisch–Westfälische Technische Hochschule in Aachen; William J. Mac Donald (USA, 1956), graduated in 1982 from Columbia University. Together, they founded the KOL/MAC Studio (now known as KOL/MAC) in New York in 1988. Their projects are regularly featured in international exhibitions (ArchiLab 2000; Non-standard Architectures, Centre Pompidou, 2003-2004) and are present in many collections (Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris). They were among the finalists in the 2006 competition for the new FRAC Centre, Orleans.

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