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The Skyroom

  • The Skyroom, photo by Will Pryce
  • The Skyroom, photo by Will Pryce
  • The Skyroom, photo by Will Pryce
  • The Skyroom at night, as seen from afar, photo by Will Pryce
  • The Skyroom at night, photo by Will Pryce

The Skyroom is an imaginative rooftop venue designed by David Kohn Architects, winner of the UK Young Architect of the Year Award 2009, with structural engineering by Form Structural Design. The venue opened with a range of events in September 2010 to coincide with the London Design Festival, and hosted a range of events from the AF's public programme.

Providing a mix of covered and open space, The Skyroom has been designed to provide an unexpected outdoor events venue for The Architecture Foundation, a social space for tenants of the building to gather, and a new London location for visitors to discover. A central courtyard open to the sky frames the rising form of The Shard, the latest addition to London's skyline. A balcony cantilevered over Tooley Street offers breathtaking views through the More London development to the Thames and the Tower of London beyond.

The Skyroom is a bespoke structure, constructed of steel with copper mesh facades, larch flooring and integrated furniture, topped with a Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) roof, which sits on the rooftop of Magdalen House, 136-148 Tooley St – a 5-storey office building occupied by The Architecture Foundation at street level.

The Skyroom offers an alternative space, imaginatively and opportunistically re-using of one of London's neglected roofscapes, to demonstrate the possibilities of adapting the capital's skyline and increasing capacity, even when faced with the planning control and pressures of a conservation area such as London Borough of Southwark.

This project originated in the AF's New Architects: London_Istanbul exchange programme, and benefitted from the creative input of the other practices involved: Studio Weave and 00:/ from London, and Asli K. Ingin, ddrlp and Tuspa NK from Istanbul.

Image: The Skyroom © Will Pryce

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Building Without Bureaucracy

Tuesday 21 September 2010 5.30pm

A two way talk about Permitted Development - 'the planning permission we already have' - and the treasure trove of under-the-radar architectural potential this represents.

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Building Without Bureaucracy: Finn Williams and David Knight

Manifesting Change 21C

Thursday 23 September 2010 5.30pm

A reflective manifesto of ideas and approaches, on how architecture and architects can design tools, infrastructure and new approaches, to deal with our present moment of massive social and economic change.

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The Skybar

Selected evenings, 8-22 Dec 2010, 5-10pm

A temporary rooftop bar and lounge - enjoy warm winter cocktails in the run up to Christmas - for nine days only!

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The Skybar

Platterform at the Skyroom

Selected hours on Wednesdays - Saturdays, Summer 2013

Visit the AF and then enjoy relaxed drinks and sample food from London's up-and-coming restaurant entrepreneurs in our rooftop Skyroom this summer.

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Platterform at the Skyroom
 

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The Architecture Foundation, 136-148 Tooley St, London SE1 2TU

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Building Without Bureaucracy

Tuesday 21 September 2010 5.30pm

The Skybar

Selected evenings, 8-22 Dec 2010, 5-10pm

Manifesting Change 21C

Thursday 23 September 2010 5.30pm

Platterform at the Skyroom

Selected hours on Wednesdays - Saturdays, Summer 2013
The Skyroom 1970-01-01T01:33:00Z 1970-01-01T01:33:00Z http://www.architecturefoundation.org.uk/programme/2010/the-skyroom/

An imaginative rooftop venue for London, designed by David Kohn Architects and perched on top of The Architecture Foundation's Tooley St premises.