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The Sun Rain Room, as this work is accurately called, may be the architectural project with the most meteorology per square metre since Noah built the ark. The architects say they want it to be “a good place to be on a bad day”. Because of the doubling and dissolving of the reflective surfaces, it takes a while to realise how little usable space is actually added – just a big wall cupboard to house a barbecue, a potting shed and such like, an enclosed area big enough for a smallish dining table and another, sheltered but external, where you can also eat. Mostly, it’s a machine for enjoying the weather. There is also a room underneath, the bedroom of a basement flat, added late in the gestation of the project when it became clear that the mathematics of property prices in the London borough of Islington would more than repay the cost of construction. It is thus a (relatively modest) addition to the new basementism that elsewhere in the capital has seen swimming pools and vintage car collections put underground

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  • The Sun Rain Room, as this work is accurately called, may be the architectural project with the most meteorology per square metre since Noah built the ark. The architects say they want it to be “a good place to be on a bad day”. Because of the doubling and dissolving of the reflective surfaces, it takes a while to realise how little usable space is actually added – just a big wall cupboard to house a barbecue, a potting shed and such like, an enclosed area big enough for a smallish dining table and another, sheltered but external, where you can also eat. Mostly, it’s a machine for enjoying the weather. There is also a room underneath, the bedroom of a basement flat, added late in the gestation of the project when it became clear that the mathematics of property prices in the London borough of Islington would more than repay the cost of construction. It is thus a (relatively modest) addition to the new basementism that elsewhere in the capital has seen swimming pools and vintage car collections put underground


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