Kolatan / Mac Donald Studio

(New York City, New York, Established 1988)

Sulan Kolatan, Principal

Turkish (Istanbul, Turkey, 1956)

William J. MacDonald, Principal

American (Milford, Massachusetts, 1958)

Raybould House and Garden [Series of five digital renderings]

architectural drawing | digital print
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  • Raybould House and Garden [Series of five digital renderings]

    Kolatan / Mac Donald Studio, Sulan Kolatan, William J. MacDonald, Raybould House and Garden [Series of five digital renderings], 1997; digital print, 24 3/4 in. x 36 3/4 in. (62.87 cm x 93.35 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Kolatan / Mac Donald Studio

This two-story, sixteen-hundred-square-foot addition connects an eighteenth-century saltbox house to the surrounding landscape with biomorphic forms that create smooth, supple interior and exterior surfaces. The design, with its sinuous curves that wrap the interior space like skin, manifests the impact of digital technologies on architectural practice at the turn of the 21st century. Architects have gained the ability to produce organic, bloblike structures that can register infinite variations and mutations.

With animation software called Maya, Kolatan and Mac Donald have developed a process in which the design development ties directly into manufacturing. Computerized milling machines cut the plywood rib framing; after assembly, the ribs are sprayed with a liquid membrane that dries to provide structural rigidity.

24 3/4 in. x 36 3/4 in. (62.87 cm x 93.35 cm)
Acquired 2002
Collection SFMOMA
Accessions Committee Fund purchase
© Kolatan / Mac Donald Studio


design, architecture, houses, gardens, organic

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