The Mackey Apartments are the home for the MAK Centerís residency program designed for visiting artists, architects, and students of architecture. The building was purchased by the Republic of Austria in
1995, and made available for the activities of the MAK Center.
Located on a flat lot in a residential neighborhood, the originally four-unit
(since converted to five) apartment building is one of a series of residential
projects built in the 1930s. Unlike international-style architects, Schindler seldom designed identical apartment units; his apartments are as complex, individual, and innovative as his houses. The Mackey possesses typical Schindler characteristics: compact apartment layout, exceptional incorporation of natural light, built-in furniture, variable ceiling heights, and private outdoor gardens or mini-balconies.
Restoration work on the Mackey Apartments began in 1995 by the Central
Office of Architecture, and continued with architects Space International in
2001 and 2004, thanks to funding by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Labor. In all phases of renovation, the objective was to recreate the room layout, complex lighting, and the use of materials for surfaces and color schemes in keeping with the architectís original intentions. Ultimately, the renovation has created a refreshing building that testifies to Schindlerís love of open spaces, airiness, and versatility.
Tours of the Mackey Penthouse are available by appointment only. For more information, please contact Angelica Fuentes, Financial Manager, (323) 651-1510 x13 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.