The team be­hind ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign stu­dio The Maak

It’s all about ur­ban spa­ces with hu­man­ity for this young de­sign stu­dio

Condé Nast House & Garden - - CONTENTS -

There are big things com­ing out of the small Wood­stock of­fices of The Maak. ‘We re­ally want to de­liver world-class ar­chi­tec­ture to those who need it most – not just to those who can af­ford it,’ says Max Melvill, one third of the team be­hind the stu­dio along with ge­orgina Camp­bell and ash­leigh Killa. Theirs is still a young en­deav­our, hav­ing opened its doors in 2016, but they’re al­ready mak­ing ma­jor moves right in that Venn di­a­gram sweet spot where ‘ar­chi­tec­ture’ and ‘aware­ness’ in­ter­sect.

Their lat­est project, the reimag­in­ing of the ul­wazi In­for­ma­tion and arts Cen­tre in Cape Town, is per­haps the best ex­am­ple of their ap­proach yet. Their man­date: to breathe new life into the dire, soul­less struc­ture. ‘now, the space is de­fined by a pop-up, pop­down fea­ture called the ‘com­mu­nity cur­tain’ that is be­ing cre­ated by lo­cal crafts­men,’ ex­plains ge­orgina. ‘The cur­tain will re­place the dry walls, cre­at­ing a mul­tipur­pose space within the heart of the cen­tre that in­creases the amount of nat­u­ral light and ven­ti­la­tion.’ It will also pro­vide a plat­form for a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity-based ac­tiv­i­ties. ‘Its suc­cess is down to its adapt­abil­ity,’ says Max.

so what’s the end game for The Maak team? sim­ply put: de­sign with con­text and ar­chi­tec­ture that promotes real en­gage­ment be­tween com­mu­ni­ties.

This is the genius of The Maak para­dox: to break down walls some­times you have to build them. the­

from left ar­chi­tects ge­orgina camp­bell, ash­leigh killa and max melvill in the maak stu­dio in wood­stock

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.