‘follies in the veld’ is an annual ‘design + make’ workshop hosted by south africa-based architecture studio theMAAK. willing participants embark a fast-paced experimental design and making process rooted in the understanding of a specific material and site. this year, a 6-meter high tower of glass bottles sits unassumingly in a discovered landscape of orange and green. this beacon structure acts as a landmark element from afar and a place of contemplation up close. 

follies in the veld pavilion made of bottles explores glass as a building material designboom
silhouette of construction in process
photos by amy paterson, lea chisholm and theMAAK



exploring glass as a building material, the 2018 folly incorporates over 1000 reused glass bottles to mimic the texture and color of its context whilst proudly introducing itself into the landscape. seen from afar, theMAAK’s tower stands as a place-making landmark and point of interest for those who encounter it. the structures overlapping bottle façade forms a textured surface catching the light. the resulting shimmer creates a playful interplay between the static structure and flickering light.


follies in the veld pavilion made of bottles explores glass as a building material designboom
the structure glowing at night


overlapping detail of glass façade



using distilled clay from the land to paint the structure




porting the structure to the site


follies in the veld pavilion made of bottles explores glass as a building material designboom
the landmark from a distance


the folly as you first approach


midway through construction


hanging bottles close up


washing bottles


view from inside


sorted and cleaned glass bottles


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edited by: maria erman | designboom

  • good way to start a veld fire that. Lots of glass to focus light

    Wildfire says:

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