Studio 5

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.

Addition to Herald House by Eduard Tipaldo


Course BA (Hons) Architecture


 Clerkenwell Rooftops
Clerkenwell Rooftops Extensions

Buildings with opportunity for rooftop extensions 

 Rooftop proposal for Davina House
Rooftop proposal for Davina House Agnis Stelingis

Agnis Stelingis 

 Before and after - proposal for Davina House
Proposal for Davina House Agnis Stelingis

Agnis Stelingis 

 Massing study for a rooftop proposal, College Heights
Massing Study Rooftop Proposal College Heights Rosie Minkler

Rosie Minkler 

 Site model with proposal, Clerkenwell House
Jason Bolger Clerkenwell House

Jason Bolger 

 Massing study of proposal, Charles Townsend House
Lily Mohammedzadeh Charles Townsend House

Lily Mohammadzadeh 

 Inhabitation study, Crescent House, Golden Lane Estate
Rosie Minkler Cresent House Inhabitation Study

Rosie Minkler 

 Interior view of Herald house proposal
Eduard Tipaldo Herald House

Eduard Tipaldo 

 Plinth for cheese grater, plaster cast
Heather Tatton Plinth for cheese grater

Heather Tatton 

 North and East Elevations, Herald House proposal
Eduard Tipaldo North and East Elevations Herald House

Eduard Tipaldo 

 Compton Street, rooftop proposal model
Heather Tatton Compton Street Rooftop

Heather Tatton 

 Compton Street, rooftop proposal view
Heather Tatton Compton Street Rooftop 2

Heather Tatton 

 Precedent Inhabitation study, Barcelona, José Antonio Coderch
Eduard Tipaldo Jose Antonio Coderch

Eduard Tipaldo 

 Torre Velasca from the roof of Milan Cathedral
Torre Velasca Milan Catherdral

Studio 5 

 Access walkways, Compton Street rooftop proposal
Etienne Wijnen Compton Street Rooftop

Etienne Wijnen 

 Precedent Inhabitation study, Landtong, Rotterdam Fritz Van Dongen
Inhabitation Study Rotterdam Fritz Van Dongen


 Cityscape photo with rooftop proposal, Herald House
Paulo Rota Herald House

Paolo Rota 

 Model of one unit of Rue Franklin, Paris, Auguste Perret
Rue Franklin Paris Jason Bolger

Jason Bolger 

 Detailed section, urban treehouse, Clerkenwell House
Jason Bolger Urban Treehouse Clerkenwell House

Jason Bolger 

Omar Bhatti
Jason Bolger
Anastasia Chrondronikola
Scott Currie
Folake Emerson
Nick Hemingway
Anastasia Kalaitzi
Rosie Minkler
Lily Mohammadzadeh
John Edmund Odamety
Paul Reynolds
Liam Rollings
Paolo Rota
Zara Saleh
Agnis Stelingis
Heather Tatton
Eduard Tipaldo
Etienne Wijnen

Fabrizio Ballabio
Florian Beigel
Philip Christou
Ros Diamond
Pascal Flammer
Pierre D'Avoine
John Glew
Jay Gort
Aidan Hodgkinson
Crispin Kelly
Daniel Serafimovski
Bruno Silvestre
Jef Smith

Jonathan Sergison
Sergison Bates Architects
Step Haiselden
Tall Engineers
Håkan and Annika Olsson
First Penthouse