Fathom Architects

The Rotunda – White City Place, Hammersmith and Fulham

  • LocationHammersmith and Fulham
  • UseWorkspace, Education, Culture
  • ClientStanhope and HQI
  • Size325sqm
  • Date2018

Part of the new creative campus at White City Place – home to BBC Digital and the Royal College of Art – this project re-uses a former 1990s BBC nightclub to provide a 325sqm incubator space for up and coming artists and musicians. The design builds in flexibility to accommodate the artists as their needs develop.

The original distinctive cylindrical structure was stripped back to expose generous floor to ceiling heights and a feature conical rooflight, creating dramatic spaces for creativity to flourish.

Our design aesthetic plays on the industrial building character, exposing its geometry and materials including raw block, structural steelwork and services against a neutral backdrop for future tenants to create their own character.

Creating a rational plan within the circular building, designs provide a ground floor workspace with a kitchenette, meeting room and new WC and shower provision. At first floor a dramatic open volume is provided with space planning for a series of recording studios, media visuals, green space, bar and breakout areas.

As a follow up project to The Pod – a mobile podcast studio for White City Place also by Fathom – The Rotunda expands the creative offer into emerging music and production.

  • PlanningN/A
  • StructureN/A
  • ServicesSweco
  • ContractorKingly Developments