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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.

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Raybould House and Garden
Artist names
Sulan KolatanKolatan / Mac Donald StudioWilliam J. MacDonald
Date created
1997
Classification
architectural drawing
Medium
digital print
Dimensions
24 3/4 in. x 36 3/4 in. (62.87 cm x 93.35 cm)
Date Acquired
2002
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Accessions Committee Fund purchase
Copyright
© Kolatan / Mac Donald Studio
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/2002.340.1-5
Artwork Status
Not on view at this time.

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