A multifunctional space at the University of Oxford school has a garden room feel enhanced by flush-fitting skylights
When the Saïd Business School wanted to extend its existing building to create a space for corporate and private events, it was faced with the issue of adding character and a consistent design theme to a room with multiple functions - a common challenge in commercial premises.
Multifunctional rooms are flexible assets, but can end up feeling dull and industrial because they lack a clear, single use. To prevent this, Saïd Business School estates director Mat Davies envisioned the extension as a garden room to provide a clear design direction.
Architects Dixon Jones, who had previously worked on the business school’s main building and executive education centre, took on the garden room project.
Rooflights became a key design element for bringing maximum light into the room all hours of the day, but Davies was keen that they didn’t stand out on the exterior by sitting proud on the extension's new copper roof.
The architects suggested the Conservation Rooflight from The Rooflight Company, which sits completely flush with the roof material and offers a premium finish.
Four Studio Designer Conservation Rooflights (one baseplate with multiple casements) were specified to create a statement feature for the scheme. The middle rooflight of each set was also fitted with a motor to provide ventilation and the glazing bars were removed from the specification to minimise sight lines and provide an uncluttered view out. Each rooflight was painted in Traffic Light Grey to blend with the copper roof.
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