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Brief Published: 11 Feb 2011

David Kohn Wins A Room for London


David Kohn Architects, in collaboration with artist Fiona Banner, have won the A Room for London design competition, which was instigated by philosopher Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture.

Entrants were asked to conceptualise a single room on the roof of the Southbank Centre in London, where two people could spend one unique night.

The winning design takes the form of a boat, which will appear to have been run aground on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, providing panoramic views over the capital.

Compounding the playful accent that underscores the design, a flag will be raised when guests climb aboard to signal occupation, and they will be encouraged to fill in a logbook detailing the experience of their stay.

The temporary accommodation will be in place for the entire duration of 2012 in conjunction with the Cultural Olympiad – a four-year programme of cultural celebrations that culminates with the Olympics.

Artists, writers and cultural commentators will take up residence in the room to create observational works such as webcasts and writings, all inspired by London.

A Room for London

David Kohn