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The Skyroom is a rooftop venue designed by David Kohn Architects. Built from
steel-and-copper mesh facades, it provides a mix of covered an d open areas. The
cen tral co ur tyard is open to the sk y, an d a balco ny ca ntilevered over the street
offers breathtaking views. David spoke to us at the Skyro om lau nch.
Congratulations on the launch of the Skyroom – was this your first rooftop
commission? This is, in fa ct , our second rooftop commission. We a re working with
London restaurateurs Bistrotheque on a restaurant and hotel in Brighton on the
English south coast, to open ea rly 2011. Th e site’s the roof of the B righton aqua rium .
What is your ideal vision for London rooftop planning? Man y cities value
their rooftops as sites for social o ccasio ns an d public use. In Lo ndo n, ro oftops
are often su rrou n ded by other buildings and views are glimpsed between , rather
than over. Non etheless, roofscapes offer a whole other city to be o ccupied. The
rooftops of London could be imagined as a city in its own right.
What are your thoughts on temporary spaces/pop-ups? I think pop-u ps
have always existed in cultu res that celebrate their cities. A ll great cities need
both permanent and temporary occupation. The Skyroom project is a specific
response to the current state of planning in London, a 1:1 temporary mock-up
of something that might beco me perman en t, a way fo r the authorities an d the
local residen ts to see what they a re getting an d, hopefully, to appreciate its
benefits. Visit davidkohn.co .uk.
David Kohn A rchitects’
take on roof top venues
WORDS Emma Phillips
Reach for the Sky
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