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Architecture Foundation launches Skyroom high above Tooley Street

A new rooftop events space with a balcony cantilevered above Tooley Street has been launched by the Architecture Foundation to coincide with the London Design Festival.

Architecture Foundation launches Skyroom high above Tooley Street
The Skyroom has a cantilevered balcony overhanging the Tooley Street pavement
Architecture Foundation launches Skyroom high above Tooley Street
The Skyroom has a cantilevered balcony overhanging the Tooley Street pavement
Skyroom
The balcony provides clear views along Tooley Street
Skyroom
Inside the Skyroom
Roger Zogolovich
Roger Zogolovich of Lake Estates speaking at the launch

Skyroom has been commissioned by Roger Zogolovich at Lake Estates, owners of Magdalen House, in collaboration with the Architecture Foundation.

Lake Estates also owns the site at 100 Union Street where the Architecture Foundation created the Southwark Lido in 2008 and the Union Street Urban Orchard this summer.

The new structure on the roof of Magdalen House, which provides a mix of covered and open space for up to 60 guests, has been designed by David Kohn Architects.

The concept for the space was inspired by an exchange programme with architects in Istanbul where roof space is a much more important part of buildings than it is in the UK.

Skyroom has a steel structure with copper mesh facades and an ETFE roof. Visitors can enjoy views towards the Tower of London in the north and Strata SE1 in the south.

Southwark Council has granted permission for the Skyroom to remain until December but Zogolovich and the Architecture Foundation hope that it will become a permanent feature.

The Skyroom is available for hire and will also host a programme of public lectures and events.

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