‘Meta-HOM’ Residence, designed by KOL/MAC is exhibited at The Permanent Gallery (Galerie permanente) in the ‘Home’ section currently at FRAC. Other participants include Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban, BIOTHING, Coop Himmelb(l)au, and Diller + Scofidio.
‘Meta-HOM’ Residence is located in West Virginia near Charlottesville, on a superb site of 200 hectares in hilly landscape. The house belongs to Meta_HOM Estouteville Beatrix Ost and Ludwig Kuttner , also sponsors of the New York apartment designed by KOL/MAC . The site is also the location of the historic neoclassical Monticello house, built between 1769 and 1809 by Thomas Jefferson. Taking into account these characteristics, KOL/MAC defines “co-citation maps ” from various combinations of hollow columns mixed with various programmatic and contextual factors. The “meta- house” is then organized into a freestanding asymmetrical monocoque structure with “meta- packages” (micro-HOMzones) are equipped with their own identity, both programmatic and morphological . Due to its elastic and almost liquid appearance, the house flows into its environment. It offers a kind of continuous and flexible envelope that extends into the interior spaces, providing a perfect surface continuity between the outside and the inside.
KOL/MAC was founded in 1988 by Sulan Kolatan and William Mac Donald. Both are graduates of Columbia University in New York where they have been teaching architecture for more than ten years. The firm’s current work is focused on linking unique digital design methods to new methods of construction, new technologies of production and a new generation of materials. Recent projects include the competition for the redevelopment of the Carlsberg brewery site in Copenhagen, Denmark, the competition for the FRAC Museum for Contemporary Art and Architecture in Orléans, France and the design and development of a high-performance ecological skin for highrise buildings sponsored by DuPont Corian.
|THE FRAC CENTRE|
The FRAC Centre (Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain) is a public collection of contemporary art located in Orléans, France. In 1991, the FRAC Centre opted for an atypical collection which decided to bring contemporary art together with experimental architecture, from the 1950s to the present day. With its international dimension, its collection includes seminal projects of the architectural avant-gardes of the 1960s and 1970s, known by the umbrella term “radical architecture”.
Today, the FRAC Centre collection includes some 600 works, 800 architectural models and maquettes, and more than 15,000 drawings, as well as many architects’ collections. It is represented through 150 architects and 170 artists. This collection forms a unique heritage of experimental architecture of the last fifty years linked with artistic creation, rivalling the world’s greatest architectural collections (Centre Pompidou-MNAM in Paris; MoMA in New York; CCA in Montreal; DAM, Architectural Museum, in Frankfurt).
For more information on the exhibit, visit the FRAC Centre website.