A Room for London is a pseudo riverboat perched on the roof of central London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. Designed by David Kohn Architects with help from artist Fiona Banner, Living Architecture's 6th rental features antique-looking wind turbines that actually generate energy that is fed back into the Southbank Center electrical grid. Founded by Swiss Philosopher Alain de Botton, Living Architecture rentals are designed to shake up the humdrum of daily life and encourage people to see their surroundings anew. Flip through our gallery for an up close look at this extraordinary project available for rent through the end of 2012.
This one bedroom installation has been designed to last. Modeled after the famed Roi des Belges boat that carried Joseph Conrad through the heart of colonial Congo’s darkness, A Room for London features gorgeous timber finishings, handworked metals, porthole windows that issue plenty of natural light and afford extraordinary views of the city, as well as a dazzling variety of nautically-themed curios – a sterling example of creative reuse.
Not only is this a place for a few really lucky people to spend a night, but the project will be used throughout the year as a venue for writing, performance, and music gatherings. More than just a bizarre boat, this project encourages people to re-think the environment in which it is placed, which is not hard given that the nearest water, the River Thames, lies a few storeys below! Other Living Architecture projects feature work by such notable designers as MVRDV, NORD, and Peter Zumthor.