SWG3 elevates the circular economy with rooftop studios
November 15 2022
A sawtooth extension to the existing warehouse would accommodate a mix of 14 studios, and social and amenity spaces as part of efforts to put the creative hub at the centre of the circular economy.
Rising above a planned public garden and open-air events space the black corrugated metal extension seeks to give the circular economy a lift by providing space for businesses and individuals working to minimise waste. These principles will be embodied in the design of the elevated creative eyrie including rainwater harvesting, solar power and a system to harness body heat from the venue below.
In a design statement, the architects wrote: "The rooftop extension is designed to stand out as a contemporary element of the wider SWG3 campus in its appearance but not forgoing its rich past.
"The form of the extension’s roof also evokes a classic industrial motif that not only has a purpose in illuminating the studios with ambient north light but also harks to the campus’s industrial past."
Incorporating an external walkway and amenity areas the rooftop area will be accessed by extended stairwells and a new spiral staircase, including a branded 'tower' extrusion to punctuate the skyline. Existing lift access to the roof will form a central breakout space.
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