Room For London

David Kohn Architects with Fiona Banner, London, 2011

 

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Temporary boat-shaped holiday home positioned ontop of the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank as part of the Living Architecture program

The holiday home is accessed through a temporary lift that brings guests up to the roof of Queen Elizabeth Hall where they enter the boat at its lower level.

The ground floor space contains the main accomodation, a shower room, toilet, kitchen and the sleeping and living areas with views of the Thames and London on three sides.

A ladder leads up to an octagonal library, that opens onto the outdoor upper level decks and provides acces to the mast that is topped with wind turbines.

The interior of the boat is crammed with accessories: beds with attached partitions which slide backwards and forwards to create different spatial and sleeping configurations, louvred windows behind folded shutters for cross- ventilation and standard ship windows, with radiused corners that help their frames resist breakage when the hull twists.

The hotel was fabricated off-site, in three sections, which were craned in and assembled on the roof

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  • Begun: 2011
  • Completed: 2011
  • Sector: House
  • Address: Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom

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