SITES – Everyday Roof
As part of SODA’s regular site visits to current, old and new projects the practice gains entry to areas of buildings that are normally off limits. When these site visits allow, accessing the roof of a construction site or building can afford new understanding of the structure. From this viewpoint it is possible to understand the scale of the building, the relationship the building has with neighbouring structures and the often unusual forms that create the character of the wider area.
So close to the ornate facades of West End streets, another rooftop world emerges that is governed by practical concerns: ventilation, access and light. Understanding these concerns is key to generating proposals such as Soho Rooftops, Kettner’s Towhouse and Walker’s Court. These projects embrace the idiosyncratic spaces within the city and create new opportunities to understand the city that surrounds them.