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Jakob + MacFarlane “Augmenting the invisible” Aedes Architecture Forum

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“Augmenting the invisible” presents the first monographic exhibition of Jakob + MacFarlane in Germany. The multidisciplinary and multicultural architecture studio, founded by Dominique Jakob and Brendan MacFarlane in 1997, is one of the most experimental offices operating based in Paris, France. Projects like ‘Frac’ in Orleans, Restaurant ‘Georges’ at Centre Pompidou, ‘Orange Cube’ and ‘Euronews Headquarters’ in Lyon or ‘Conservatoire de Musique et de Dance’ in Noisy le Sec are results of their unique mode of architectonic form-making, in which the firm developed, through exploration of digital technology – both as conceptual tool and as means of production – a distinctive, individualistic signature that simultaneously redefines local context. The studio’s approach is a permanent attempt to reinterpret the context of a project. Each of their interventions witnesses an extreme interest and research for the site in order to develop a richer project response. Through this process a meaning, sense and resonance to the work is given and at the same time it creates an architecture that is open to a changing and evolving world. Their projects are resulting from their unique design-approach to reinterpret the projects context, its gridlines, topologies or physical streams and transfer them into digital form where it can be manipulated. Thus, this piece of tangible becomes part of the original matrix of the project.

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Jakob + MacFarlane’s practice is situated precisely at this intersection of the digital and the physical, between the projective and the experienced. It is both the result of an iterative dialogue between the topographies of everyday experience in the physical and the terrains of the digital as an invitation to an ongoing conversation about this relationship.

“Augmenting the Invisible” shows through normative representations as well as augmented means eight projects illustrating the characteristic and powerful architectural work of Brendan MacFarlane and Dominique Jakob: Georges Restaurant at the Pompidou Center, Paris (2000), the Docks of Paris – Cité de la Mode et du Design Paris (2008), Les Turbulences FRAC Centre in Orléans (2013), the Orange Cube – Lyon (2010), Maison Boulogne – Paris (2016), Herold Social Housing – Paris (2008), Conservatory of Music and Dance – Noisy le Sec (2017) and Frederic Malle Perfume Shop, Paris (2016).


Through its creativity and rigor Jakob + MacFarlane has achieved a worldwide reputation, having received the International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum in 2014. Furthermore, they were nominated for the Mies van der Rohe European Architecture Award in 2015. Their projects have been exhibited in various museums around the world, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the SFMOMA in San Francisco, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Venice Biennale in 2002, 2008 and 2016 and the Museum of Architecture in Moscow.
An Aedes catalogue will be published.

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Speakers at the opening :

Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin
HE Philippe Etienne, Ambassador, French Embassy in Berlin
Hernan Diaz Alonso, Director, SCI-Arc, Los Angeles
Francis Rambert, Director, IFA Paris
Dominique Jakob and Brendan MacFarlane, Jakob + MacFarlane, Paris

Jakob + MacFarlane “Augmenting the invisible”

Location: Aedes Architecture Forum, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin
Exhibition : 1 April – 18 May 2017
Opening : Friday, 31 March 2017, 6:30 pm
Hours : Tuesday – Friday 11 am – 6:30 pm, Sunday – Monday 1 – 5 pm

The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of :

Cardinal, Citynox, Serge Ferrari, Knauf
We thank the Aedes partners for their support:

Zumtobel, Schindler/The PORT Technology, Carpet Concept