Californian IT Company
The key obstacle to overcome was the access to this space was through the building’s M&E area. We turned this difficulty to advantage by proposing a folding pavilion structure, which both deliver the staff out into the new multi-use roof garden, while simultaneously hiding the machinery behind it. The existing solid doors were replaced by glass so that the garden would be visible from the canteen area. The pavilion then modulates between the small shaded entrance door, passing under the ducting and opening out into a bright glazed and mirrored corridor with views towards the skyline. A sheltered lounge space extends the seasonal use of the garden by shielding colder winds, while turning towards the views of the neighbouring church tower and the mountains beyond. An open pergola defines a long 6m span timber dining table, facing south with views over the city centre. The rear of the pavilion is lined with perimeter planters casting silhouettes on the satin glass, creating the sense of being amongst a landscape, rather than being adjacent to an M&E zone.
We wanted to achieve the impression of planting in a natural ground setting, rather than planter boxes placed on a rooftop. We chose to continue this folding geometry to create perimeter planters along 3 sides, with sufficient soil depth for the trees and shrubs to establish well over the medium and long term. The northern edge is made by the south facing sloped decking for sitting in the sun. Planted ‘Islands’ float out from this edge, creating seating nooks and a visual layering seeking to be explored.