Nina Lundvall, James Payne and Simon Jones
Addition to Herald House by Eduard Tipaldo
City of Crowns
This year Studio 5 engaged with the urban intensity of London to propose multi-unit dwellings on the rooftops of the city. Responding to Le Corbusier’s call for the 'systematic utilization for domestic purposes' of the roof and the earlier use of rooftops by London’s Victorian schools, we investigated spatial and structural opportunities to 'top up' existing buildings. Exploring spatial and sculptural ideas as well as relationships to the city and the sky, new rooftop worlds were proposed with special attention to material and detail.
Starting with a photographic investigation of the configuration and detail of London’s rooftops, we then studied and proposed inhabitation in precedent projects. Single units were extracted from apartment buildings and modeled in timber as singular de-contextualized artefacts.
We visited Milan, Turin and Genoa in Northern Italy to study the rich tradition of apartment living and the work of a generation of post-war architects working within the historic city fabric including Ernesto Rogers and Franco Albini. Continuing our interest in ways of living we visited the studios of furniture designers Vico Magistretti and Achille Castiglione in Milan.
Students then staged an exhibition of a range of everyday objects including a cheese grater or a tyre, each one held by a plinth or mount designed with its special properties in mind. New construction on an existing building is as much about understanding the old as proposing the new. For the final projects, a range of buildings within sight of each other in Clerkenwell were identified as offering the potential for addition and were carefully photographed, drawn and modeled with 1:250 site models and 1:50 plinth models.
John Edmund Odamety