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RCKa to create ‘rooftop folly’ for London College of Fashion

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RCKa has won a contest for a new roof garden at the London College of Fashion

The practice saw off competition from landscape architects Wayward and emerging multi-disciplinary firm You&Me to win the invited contest.

RCKa’s winning proposal for the Oxford Street building includes a ‘crystalline pavilion’ which will provide both open and covered space allowing the roof garden to be used throughout the year.

According to the practice the design ‘celebrates the existing building, creating an elegant sparkling structure, akin to a secret sunny woodland glade enveloped by brambles and native wild plants’.

RCKa director Dieter Kleiner, said: ‘Elevated high above a busy Oxford Street, the pavilion will provide a unique event, teaching and break-out space for socialising, lively debates and cultural engagement. 

‘We look forward to working with the college, gallery and students to create a cost-effective highly prized outdoor space that supports myriad uses and which will grow over time.’

Ligaya Salazar, director of the London College of Fashion’s Fashion Space Gallery, added: ‘LCF and the Fashion Space Gallery are thrilled to bring RCKa on board to transform Oxford Street campus’ roof space.

‘Their proposal will allow staff and students to enjoy the new environment as well as enabling it to be used for small-scale displays and innovative teaching practices.’

Last year the rooftop space was transformed into a temporary multi-coloured events space by Studio Weave.

RCKa’s scheme is set to complete in September 2015.

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