A Room for London, Living Architecture, Queen Elizabeth Hall, David Kohn Architects, Fiona Banner, MVRDV, Peter Zumthor, Alain de Botton, London, Thames, Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad, Roi des Belges, Congo, daylighting, wind turbines, wind energy, adaptive reuse, recycled materials, green design, sustainable design, eco design

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.

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