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12.13.06 - 02.04.07 | SCI-Arc Gallery
Jakob + MacFarlane: Breathing Wall

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Breathing Wall was an installation by Paris-based architecture firm, Jakob + MacFarlane. The project was a fragment of a theoretical building with no conventional openings such as windows and doors, only apertures that momentarily open and close, enabling the movement between inside and out of air, light and people. The motorized installation was made of aluminum and lightweight cardboard with resin coating, and attached to the wall and ceiling of the gallery.

The work of Jakob+MacFarlane explores digital technology both conceptually and as a means of fabrication, using new materials as a possibility to create a more flexible, responsive and immediate environment. Main projects to date include the T House at la Garenne Colombes, Paris, France (1998), Restaurant Georges at the Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris (2000) and the reconstruction of the Theatre of Pont-Audemer, France (1999-­2000). The firm also participated in an international competition for the Musée Branly in Paris. Current projects include the Docks of Paris projects, which include a fashion and design center, and three buildings for the 100 Apartments project in Paris, both due for completion in 2006. The firm regularly participates in invited competitions, most recently for the New Media Center (la Gaité Lyrique) in Paris and the new city center and casino in Knokke-Heist in Belgium. They have just won the competition for the New FRAC architecture exhibition center in Orléans.

Their projects have been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, 2003), SFMOMA (San Francisco, 2004), the Museum of Architecture (Moscow, 2000), the Artist Space (New York, 2003), the Carnegie Melon (USA, 2001), the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2004), the Pompidou Center, the Pavillon de l'Arsenal (Paris), the Bartlett School Gallery (London, 1997), and at the Orléans/ArchiLab International Architectural Conference (1999, 2001, 2003). Jakob+MacFarlane were among the architects selected by France for the 2002 Venice Architectural Biennale, and were also featured in the 2004 international selection.