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Architect Trevor Morris was keen to “reference the music” in the aesthetics of the project build, as well as bring as much natural daylight into the building as possible to create a feeling of openness throughout. A cube-shaped residential building is delicately positioned over a 15 metre high base with a large glazed section, imposing onto the street and offering glimpses into the music college. The base, which is the LCCM’s part of the building, is faced with a white ceramic brick interrupted by a textured 3-dimensional band to represent musical notes. This has apparently been arranged in a way that matches the music of Cream’s “The White Room”.
All 4 faces of the upper residential floors are distinguished by prominent, vertical enamel solar spines, which are reminiscent of piano keys and reference the music college below. These feature “fins” are intended to provide a varying appearance to the building, architecturally mimicking the changing movements in contemporary music.
The box skylight is more than simply a “glass box on the roof”. For investors and developers alike it crucially unlocks commercially valuable and highly sought-after roof space, thereby enhancing the sales value per m2, and for the resident it positively impacts on the living dynamic of the property. Ultimately, the resulting roof terrace becomes an additional “room” for entertaining and relaxing.
For SPPARC Architecture, for whom creating an energy efficient building with sustainable materials was an essential tenet of the design process, the free-standing box skylight offered the additional benefit of being thermally efficient, through the use of its thermally broken framework and the inclusion of a solar control glass coating from Saint Gobain, which reduces solar gain but still maintains effective levels of light transmission.
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