The team behind architecture and design studio The Maak
It’s all about urban spaces with humanity for this young design studio
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. themaak.co.za
from left architects georgina campbell, ashleigh killa and max melvill in the maak studio in woodstock