New meeting place RUSI (London, UK)
A new meeting place on top of the roof of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) building in the heart of London and overlooking Whitehall Gardens is underway.
The relatively flat half-dome – designed by Campbell Architects – has a diameter of 12,5 meters and a height of 4 meters. The bead-blasted stainless steel structure consists of 15 custom-made curved beams connected with horizontal transoms. The construction remains in view. On top are glass panels with a striking feature: each glass panel can be individually adjusted from almost completely transparent to only 10% translucent.
The dome has a zinc-finished crown as the capstone. Under the zinc trim, we installed a roof hatch that provides access to the dome's exterior. Thanks to leash facilities on the roof, abseilers can perform future cleaning and maintenance work on the outside of the dome.