9 May 2017
Architectural Association, London
Shared Roof: Undefined Territory
Shared Roof exploits the existing fabric of the city where a long-spanning tensile roof structure bridges the residential and primary school facilities to enable social interaction where it has been lacking in the past. The structure of the roof functions to distribute the load through the tension steel cables to the existing buildings, whilst the technical resolution has an architectural implication where it allows a column-free ground floor space to be shared by various social groups and communities simultaneously.
The roof becomes a symbolic gesture of a shared ownership of the territory and civic space where the flexibility of the space under the roof encourages multiple spaces to pop up, re-configures and deconstructs wittingly depending on the need. The scheme nurtures a possible method where insertion provides an opportunity to unify territory and blur the division between social groups.
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