Angela Marquito Architecture

Dell Emc Rooftop Cafe

Angela Marquito Architects designed a pavilion in metal and glass on a rooftop of the Dell EMC building. The original building, completed in 1989, is located between the M4 and Gunnersbury Park in west London. In plan, there are three distinct areas: café, terrace and planting.

The linearity in plan is followed through to the details, with linear metal elements (balustrade, coping, planter edge, pavilion fascia), and linear interior lights and grilles. We selected galvanized metal for reasons of appearance, natural weathering, durability and cost efficiency.


The galvanized metal coping at the perimeter of the terrace was specially designed to conceal the internal face of the original brick parapet, while visually connecting the café, terrace and planting. The natural weathering characteristic of galvanized metal provides a transition between the old building fabric and the new pavilion.


The galvanized metal balustrade was designed with the Structural Engineer to appear slim in elevation and deep in section, thus changing in appearance from almost invisible to almost solid depending on the viewing angle. This results in an ever-changing form as one moves through the terrace, or drives past the project on the M4.

Dell Emc Rooftop Cafe in London - Angela Marquito

Architecture Team: Angela Marquito and Thomas Kronig – Associate
Structural Engineer: Constant Structural Design Ltd
M+E Engineer: QuinnRoss Consultants Ltd
Contractor: Belleville Developments
Glazing: Panoramah!
Client: FMS – Dell EMC
Photography ©: Lyndon Douglas Architectural Photography and Nuno Pereira
Materials: Metal and Glass