07 April 2017

Augmenting the Invisible

Aedes Architekturforum, Berlin

– 18 May 2017



Jakob and MacFarlane founded their eponymous, multidisciplinary and internationally staffed architecture studio in Paris in 1997. It is now considered to be one of the most experimental bureaux in France on account of extraordinary projects such as the Frac Centre in Orléans, the Orange Cube and Euronews Headquarters in Lyon, and Les Docks, the centre for fashion and design in Paris. The Aedes Architekturforum in Berlin is presenting famous works by this pair of architects in the exhibition “Augmenting the Invisible”.


Dominique Jakob and Brendan McFarlane’s work features their permanent quest for reinterpreting the site through research and using digital technologies. Each building should react appropriately to the given situation. Metadata such as coordinates, topology and physical conditions of the environment are transferred into a digital maxtrix, from which the form of the project can be developed through ongoing processes. Through this, an architecture develops that is open to an ever-changing world. As a result, their working methods lie at the interface of the digital and the physical. The exhibition “Augmenting the Invisible” presents eight of their characteristic projects which can be experienced through virtual models in the exhibition space. The exhibited works include the “George” restaurant in the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2000), the “Conservatory of Music and Dance” in Noisy (2017) and the Frederic Malle perfume shop in Paris (2016). In 2014, the architecture studio won the Chicago Athenaeum’s International Architecture Award. Jakob and McFarlane’s projects have already been on show in famous international museums including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Architecture in Moscow, and at the Biennales in Venice in 2002, 2008 and 2016.


The exhibition can be visited from Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. and on Sundays and Mondays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Aedes catalogue about the exhibition is available online priced at 10 euros.


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