SunRoof, an international start-up developing wholly 2-in-1 solar roofs and solutions to support smart energy management, teamed up with Mokena Makeka, a world renowned architect and founder of Makeka Design Lab, an award-winning, internationally recognized architecture practice in Cape Town. By combining their exquisite designs and vision of the road to a sustainable future, SunRoof and Makeka have just revealed projects to change the lives of people in southern Africa by utilising ecological innovations.
What Mokena Makeka has done for sustainable architecture is inspiring and we are extremely proud that SunRoof has become part of design excellence. It is very important to us all that such a unique combination of great design and solar energy will allow us to face up to many global challenges
- says Marek Zmyslowski, Co-founder and Global Expansion & Partnerships, SunRoof.
I appreciate the aesthetics of SunRoof technology. It proves sustainable solutions can also be beautiful
- says Mokena Makeka, CEO and founder at Makeka Design Lab.
Makeka Design Lab.: Heliport with SunRoof solar roof, Cape Town.
Makeka Design Lab.: Desalination plant with SunRoof solar roof, Cape Town.
Makeka Design Lab.: Large apartment building with SunRoof solar roofs, Cape Town.
Makeka Design Lab.: Distillery with SunRoof solar roof, South Africa.
International architecture competition
SunRoof manufactures 2-in-1 solar roofs and innovative façades that generate electricity without having to install traditional photovoltaic modules. This is the best investment replacing the need for installing solar panels on top of a classic roof - the most efficient solution, the lowest carbon footprint, uncompromising elegance.
Our mission is to speed up the global transition to renewables by developing beautiful roofs that, by generating electricity, will cover the energy demand of the entire building.
Mokena Makeka is an awarded architect, urbanist and design theoretician, and a leading voice on entrepreneurial development, design and urban strategy. Founder and managing director of Makeka Design Lab cc., a world-renowned design company. Makeka is currently the Creative Director at DesignWorks, a strategic design agency.
Makeka has cooperated with and managed multiple construction projects in Lesotho, Madagascar, Tanzania, RSA and China, including the Cape Town International Convention Centre (2017), Apartments VA & Waterfront (2017), and the Royal Palace in Lesotho. Makeka was a member of the FIFA 2010 Task Force for Culture and Arts and the chief architect of the Cape Town main railway station retrofit project.
Makeka won the Gold Loerie Award for Communication Design, and was the youngest to win the Awards of Merit from the Cape Institute for Architecture. Makeka was also a member of the Global Agenda Council for Design at the World Economic Forum and an advisor to the South African Minister of Human Settlement. National City Press (2013, 2014) ranked Mokena Makeka among the 100 world-class South African citizens.
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