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12 Aug 2016 00:00 - 28 Aug 2016 00:00

MAK! – Mobile Architecture Studio Tour in Scotland

MAK! is a caravan transformed into a mobile architecture studio. Every year it embarks on a journey across the Czech landscape, towns and villages offering its services when invited. From small scale project design to larger interventions in public space the studio offers consultancy, prepares sketches and also builds anything from benches to swimming baths, always engaging the local community.

This summer for the first time ever, MAK! travels abroad, to Scotland,  where it will partner with the likeminded GRAS Studio from Edinburgh. The two studios and their caravans will venture into the wondrous Riona Wood near Edinburgh and together with the local community build structures allowing both residents and visitors of all ages to fully enjoy the charms of one of Scotland’s most luscious natural areas. Later on, MAK! will station itself in front of the beautiful Custom House in Leith, Edinburgh and prepare a special project inspired by the Water of Leith.

12 - 28 August 2016
Riona Wood
Edinburgh, The Custom House, Leith , 67 Commercial Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX


MAK! is a brainchild of two talented Czech architects, Katerina Videnova and Adam Wlazel, fellow architects, best friends and life partners. They work together on a wide range of projects – from classical projects for houses and interiors up to interventions in public space. In 2013 they founded MAK! - a mobile architecture studio in the form of  a rebuilt caravan which travels from place to place and offers architectural services to local communities. While traveling Adam and Katerina design projects, talk to locals about architecture and design, organize events and even build stuff.

They are also co-founders of  „Letná sobě!“ , a popular architecture initiative established in 2010 organizing  public workshops, lectures, walks, discussions, exhibitions and other community activities. Adam studied architecture at the Czech Technical University and Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, he spent half a year on a residency in London working for Eva Jiricna after winning  the Best Architecture Diploma contest in 2012. He worked in partnership with Ivan Kroupa architects in the years 2006-2013.

Katerina studied architecture at the Czech Technical University and photography at the Academy of Arts Architecture and Design in Prague, complemented by a two year-long internships at Politecnico di Milano, Italy and Kansas State Univercsity, USA. In 2009-2011 she was assistant-professor at AAAD in Prague alongside with Raumlabor Berlin architects.



GRAS is a Scottish design studio, formed in 2006 as part of the established conservation practice Groves-Raines Architects Ltd. It aims to produce progressive, sustainable and ambitious design solutions through thorough research and the rigorous analysis of any given brief. It looks to push the boundaries of what is typically understood as architecture, often entering the fields of product design, graphics, audio visuals and art. Working in parallel with conservation experts GRAS understands the significance and value of built heritage and traditional crafts. It celebrates the quality in traditional design, materials and crafts that is often lacking in contemporary buildings: solidity, permanence, proportion, hierarchy, human scale and timelessness and seeks to explore these qualities in its contemporary work. At the same time GRAS embraces opportunities afforded by emerging technologies, materials and techniques and strongly believes in the value of collaboration with craftsmen, artists and designers.


MAK: Studánka, 2014

MAK: DEPO, 2014

MAK: Street for Art, 2014

Gras: Transient Gallery/Galleria Temporanea

Gras: Tron Kirk Renovation

Gras: Loch Leven Heritage Trail


Riona Wood & The Custom House, Edinburgh

From: 12 Aug 2016 00:00
To: 28 Aug 2016 00:00


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