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A Room for London / David Kohn Architects + Fiona Banner

Courtesy David Khon Architects + Fiona Banner
Courtesy David Khon Architects + Fiona Banner

David Kohn Architects and artist Fiona Banner have been selected to design A Room for London, a temporary installation that will sit on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre, London and be part of the London 2012 Festival. ArchDaily has been showcasing selected entries to the competition for months now and can be seen here. For more information pertaining to David Kohn Architects and Fiona Banner‘s winning entry please follow after the break.

The design competition for A Room for London, which attracted entries from around 500 architects and artists from across the world, was instigated by Living Architecture, and Artangel, in association with Southbank Center.   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. Kohn and Banner’s winning design is for a boat which, perched on the Queen Elizabeth Hall roof, will appear to have come to rest there, grounded, perhaps, from the retreating waters of the Thames below.  From the lower and upper ‘decks’ of this beautifully crafted timber structure, there will be extraordinary views of a London panorama that stretches from Big Ben to St Paul’s cathedral. On arrival ‘aboard’, a nautical flag will be raised to signal occupation, with the visitors invited to fill in a logbook  on the ‘bridge’ of the boat, detailing what they have experienced during their stay, out of the window as much as within themselves. This is contemporary architecture at its most playful, beguiling and thought-provoking.

Courtesy David Khon Architects + Fiona Banner
Courtesy David Khon Architects + Fiona Banner

Alongside public booking, the Room will play host to a guest program of special visitors – artists, writers and cultural commentators of all kinds. These ‘thinkers-in-residence’ will be invited to stay and encouraged to muse on the city at a moment in time, through writing, image-making, online postings or live webcasts from the Room itself as their own idiosyncratic entries in the logbook. Some contributions will be instantly experienced by the public; others developed slowly during the course of the year. All visitors will be offered a chance to share experiences of a night in the Room. Bookings for A Room for London – for no more than one night – will be available through the website http://www.living-architecture.co.uk from 8 September 2011. A Room for London is a cultural collaboration between Living Architecture and Artangel in association with Southbank Center and the London 2012 Festival.  The London 2012 Festival is the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. It will be a 12-week UK-wide cultural celebration from 21 June 2012 that brings leading artists from all over the world together to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games through dance, music, theater, the visual arts, film and digital innovation.

Courtesy David Khon Architects + Fiona Banner
Courtesy David Khon Architects + Fiona Banner
Cite:Hank Jarz. "A Room for London / David Kohn Architects + Fiona Banner" 12 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/111031/a-room-for-london-david-kohn-architects-fiona-banner/>