Marc Koehler Architects

Amsterdam, Netherlands

MKA is a dynamic design agency working across a diverse range of themes, situations and scales across a broad portfolio of ambitious projects. Combining a strong conceptual approach with a pragmatic, hands-on mentality and substantial collaborative skills, MKA’s approach always places people at the centre of their work, involving users in every stage of the creative process. Established in 2005, MKA specialised in what Marc Koehler calls “the power of smallness” (1), an experimental, process-centered and site and user specific design approach with a high degree of precision and detail favouring, “design intensity over design volume”. MKA focused on private housing, interior design and scenography which created the foundation for MKA’s design approach. Over the years, MKA won several design competitions for public buildings, exploring his vision on “smallness” on a larger scale. In the last 4 years, MKA also became known for its self initiated housing coops, initially co-created with de Hoofden, a platform of 4 architecture firms, and currently taken further by MKA using the name Superlofts. Over a period of 10 years, MKA has grown from a small boutique agency into a mature design firm led by Marc Koehler, assisted by a core management team and powered by 12 super talented and enthusiastic senior and junior designers, architects, project managers, engineers and consultants, collaborating with a flexible circle of preferred partners and freelance collaborators integrating diverse skills and expertise in a flexible and horizontally organised network based organisation.

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