Renovation of the Mackey Apartments
Rather than statically preserving this historic building as a singular memory of its past life, our intention for the renovation of the Mackey Apartments (R.M. Schindler, 1939) embraces the concept of preservation through transformation. The renovation itself, responding to the new program of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, openly acknowledges the building’s new mission, accepting changes in information technology, program, and building use as well as providing an atmosphere that assists the visiting artists and support staff to work toward the production of contemporary art and architecture. Besides providing living quarters and studios for artists, the project houses the MAK Archives in the double-height penthouse apartment. The archives, which are run by a small staff, will occasionally host symposia and exhibitions of the artists’ work.