Simon Roscoe: “We live and work in architecture, and we travel through it; having that ability to shape people’s space is great.”
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We first interviewed Simon, one of our senior architects from Bath. In this feature, he shares how architecture is important for him and his fascination with building things that encourage him to design better.
What are you working on now?
I have been actively involved in various projects which allow me to fully utilise my design and architectural expertise.
IQ Bankside – A student accommodation where the existing building will be refurbished into sustainable development through a mechanical ventilation system and other upgrades. Improving the quality of the building will reduce its’ impact on the environment and have a positive effect on the students’ well-being, as evidenced by a study conducted beforehand.
Queensway – This high-profile project, opposite Hyde Park, is challenging as it contains elements of high-end residential, retail, affordable housing, and mixed-use office space. We have to make sure that the schemes work perfectly in every way. It will be a really stunning scheme once completed.
What do you love about architecture?
We live and work in architecture, and we travel through it; having that ability to shape people’s space is great.
I had a taste of both architecture and carpentry when I was younger. I worked as a junior carpenter for several months, and later as a junior assistant at an architectural firm, prior to pursuing my studies.
I still continue to build things because I believe that being hands-on reinforces my architectural skills. I always challenge myself by asking “How will I build that” when designing something.
What’s your favourite building?
I love Palazzo Della Civiltà Italiana otherwise known as Square Colosseum in Rome. It is basically a modern interpretation of the colosseum. It has the proportions of the colosseum but in a cube format. It is historically rich and particularly symbolic to the district of Esposizione Universale Roma, exemplifying its monumentality. I think it’s amazing!
What’s the best project you have worked on?
I am most proud of the 2 CitizenM Hotels we built. I led the Shoreditch scheme and was involved from inception to delivery site. I was directly responsible for the project delivery of this innovative Modular build, and although it was challenging I enjoyed the challenge of having to resolve problems on a daily basis.
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