XML is a contemporary cultural practice specialized in Architecture, Research and Urbanism. XML is
interested in developing architectures that both reflect and provoke contemporary ways of life. By
understanding program organization as a key strategy within each project XML aims for establishing new
relations between buildings and society, the projects of the office are fuelled by a reflection on the
contemporary city as source of cultural production.
From its base in Amsterdam XML has been involved in worldwide cross-disciplinary projects with an
emphasis on cultural analysis. The work of XML is characterized by a research driven approach. XML
continuously works on a wide rage of scales, ranging from a series of spatial scenario’s for the Netherlands
in 2040 for the Goverment Chief Architect, to a design for a multi use building at the heart of Amsterdam,
and researching and designing the interior architecture of the plenary hall of parliaments.
The approach and work of XML have been awarded numerous prizes, including a first prize in the Europan
9 competition for Almere. In the Europan 10 competion XML was the first office to be succesful in three
locations, winning first prize for their project in Tallinn and receiving honorable mentions for their proposals
in Munich and Madrid. The office has also received grants from The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts
as a recognition for their promising contribution to the field of architecture.
The work of XML has been widely published and has been featured in numerous exhibitions such as
“Dutch Design Works” in Shanghai and at the “Minsk Biennal”. Recently their exhibition “Theatres of
Democracy” was on show at The Dutch House of Representatives, The Hague. XML is led by two partners,
Max Cohen de Lara and David Mulder. Both partners hold a Master of Science in Architecture from Delft
University of Technology.
Before establishing XML, both partners worked for internationaly renouned offices. After graduating from
the TU Delft David Mulder worked as architect and researcher at AMO, the thinktank of Rem Koolhaas’
Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Max Cohen de Lara gained experience at the Office of Ryue
Nishizawa in Tokyo, and the Dutch offices Maxwan and One Architecture.
Both partners have been contributing editors to the bilingual independent architectural journal OASE, and
have published articles in a wide array of both architectural- and non-architectural publications.
In 2008 Max Cohen de Lara and David Mulder founded XML.
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