KOL/MAC project records
The KOL/MAC project records, 1994-2001, document the conceptualization and design of two projects: the Ost/Kuttner Apartment and Housings. It also documents the construction of the O/K Apartment.
The records consist of physical drawings, textual records, Hi-8 cassette tapes, and material samples, as well as a substantial body of digital materials. These primarily document the design, construction and installation of the O/K Apartment and Housings through drawings, 3D models, photographs, still images, construction documentation, and material samples.
The Zip and Jaz disks in this archive were created and used with Classic OS-era Macintosh computers and are formatted using Hierarchical File System (HFS). Resource forks were largely retained throughout the collection and are recognizable by their file titles, which begin with “._” These files can be ignored on Windows computers, but may provide some additional functionality on Macs. Disk images of the media were also retained, given the eventual possibility of accessing files in their original software environment with the use of emulators. This fonds contains a number of born-digital files in CAD and 3D modeling formats. Due to the complex and often proprietary nature of CAD formats, proper rendering and use of these files may require highly specific software. CCA’s dedicated Study Room CAD workstation is loaded with a wide but incomplete range of such software. For further information about services and software available, please contact Collection Reference (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask to speak with the Digital Archivist.
This fonds is arranged into two series:
Series 1, Housings
Series 2, O/K Apartment
KOL/MAC is an architecture and design firm that is based in New York City and operates internationally. The firm was founded by principal Sulan Kolatan and director William MacDonald in 1988, after the pair began collaborating out of Columbia University’s paperless architecture studio.
KOL/MAC works as a distributed office with project-based teams located locally and globally. The firm is known for its innovative use of digital design tools, taking on a wide scope of projects, including architectural interiors, large-scale urban redevelopment, furniture design, virtual environments, and material prototyping.
Major projects include: Ost/Kuttner Apartment (New York, 1996), Housings (1999), and the Resi/Rise Skyscraper (1999).
Work by KOL/MAC has been exhibited in a number of museums, including the Georges Pompidou, Paris (“Architecture non standard” and permanent collection); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (“The Un-Private House”), and the Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt (permanent collection). Kolatan and MacDonald were on the list of architecture’s “40 under 40” by Interiors in 1995; the firm was also featured at the Venice Biennale International Exhibition in 2004.
The physical materials and digital storage media in this fonds were stored at KOL/MAC’s office in New York prior to their transfer to CCA. These records were acquired by CCA as part of the Archaeology of the Digital project. Selected items were displayed in the show Archaeology of the Digital: Complexity and Convention, May-October 2016.
When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation:
KOL/MAC project records,
Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.
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