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A Room for London is a one-bedroom installation that sits on the roof of Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall affording spectacular views through 360 degrees from a prime vantage point on the Thames.
The winning design for A Room for London was selected from a competition which attracted entries from around 500 architects and artists from across the world.
The brief was to create a room on one of the most visible sites in the British capital, where up to two people at a time could spend a unique night in an exemplary architectural landmark.
The winning design, A Room for London: Roi des Belges, was submitted by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with artist Fiona Banner. Their design is a boat perched on the Queen Elizabeth Hall roof which appears to have come to rest there, grounded, perhaps, from the retreating waters of the Thames below. David and Fiona drew inspiration from the riverboat captained by Joseph Conrad whilst in the Congo in 1890, a journey echoed in his most famous work Heart of Darkness.
From the lower and upper ‘decks' of this beautifully crafted timber structure (see a plan here), there are extraordinary views of a London panorama that stretches from Big Ben to St Paul's Cathedral. With an en-suite double bedroom, kitchenette, library and viewing deck, guests are invited to rest and reflect upon what they see and hear during their one night stay; logging their thoughts, observing cloud patterns, the character of the river and deeper undercurrents.
The Making of A Room for London: take a look at this time-lapse video commissioned by our main contractor Millimetre. And a beautiful video about the making of A Room for London. You can also see photos that some of our guests have taken on the A Room for London flickr page.
- Design and concept - David Kohn Architects in collaboration with Fiona Banner
- Project manager – McLennan
- Quantity surveyor – Boyden Group LLP
- Structural Engineer – Price & Myers
- M&E – Max Fordham LLP
- Main contractor and fabricator – Millimetre Ltd
- Lift design & supply – Alimak Hek
- Appliances – Miele
- A Room for London library - books provided by Foyles
- A Room for London 2012 was collaboration between Living Architecture and Artangel, in association with Southbank Centre and the London 2012 Festival. The 2012 artistic programme on board A Room for London was initiated and produced by Artangel. You can: Watch or listen to 13 concerts recorded on board, hear 13 podcasts from the octagonal library, view 13 new works created onboard by artists and stowaways, look at artists' entries from the logbook and read about twelve ingenious winning ideas for Ideas for London.
- A Room for London's 2013 artistic programme is run by Southbank Centre.
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