Visitors are being invited to become live art exhibits as overnight guests in a compact, boat-shaped hotel that will sit on a roof of the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Halland as part of the London 2012 Festival.
A Room for London, by David Kohn Architects and artist Fiona Banner, will be a temporary one-bedroom installation that will be ‘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.’
David Kohn and Fiona Banner’s winning design is A Room for London: Roi des Belges - a boat perched on the Queen Elizabeth Hall roof which 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.
From 8th September 2011, guests will be able to book nights in the boat hotel for between January to June 2012, at £120 per night. Meanwhile the second stage of bookings, for nights between July and December 2012 that will overlap with the Olympics, will start from January 2012.
Alongside public booking, the Room will play host to a guest programme 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.
A Room for London is a cultural collaboration between Living Architecture and Artangel, in association with Southbank Centre and the London 2012 Festival. The design competition attracted entries 500 architects and artists from across the world.
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