In south London, Peckham gallerist Hannah Barry took over the top floors of a municipal multi-storey car park to exhibit sculptures and as a site for the pop-up Frank’s Café and Campari Bar. The café and sculpture exhibition have been repeated each summer since and provide a backdrop for a young, art-savvy and thirsty crowd. Further north, the Dalston Roof Park was opened in 2010 by the charity Bootstrap Company. The park is located on the roof of a warehouse in Dalston, east London. The roof now has a lawn, flowers, a white picket fence, and a bar. It also holds film screenings and a curated events programme. It is open all summer to “ friends of the Dalston Roof Park ”, membership of which is free.

Finally, the Architecture Foundation also installed a Skyroom for events on top of its HQ near London Bridge. It was designed by the architect David Kohn. The company suggests more skyward projects are likely to follow.

Dalston Roof Park, 18 Ashwin Street,
London, E8 3DL
www.bootstrapcompany.co.uk

Architecture Foundation,
136–148 Tooley St, London, SE1 2TU
www.architecturefoundation.org.uk

This and more inspiring projects can be found in the print copy of A smart guide to Utopia or the ebook version.

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