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A Room for London

A temporary hotel room high above the city of London is set to be one of the standout experiences of the London 2012 Festival.

A Room for London


January 12th, 2011

Perched atop the Queen Elizabeth Hall roof at the Southbank Centre in London, with panoramic views across the city, A Room for London is sure to be the most sought-after accommodation in 2012.

Commissioned by Living Architecture and Artangel in association with the Southbank Centre and the London 2012 Festival, the one-bedroom pop-up home will be an oasis above the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.


Among architects submitting proposals for the project is Melbourne-based practice Edwards Moore.


Edwards Moore’s ‘Quarters’ design comprises 4 timber framed wedges, oriented so that each living quarter provides a different view from within.


The windows frame the surrounding panorama, creating fragmented snapshots of the city skyline, the Thames and the Waterloo Bridge.


The exterior is clad in matt black felt and the interior emits a faint glow at night, hinting at its occupancy to the city below but maintaining a sense of intrigue and privacy.

The aim of the space is to encourage contemplation and reflection. The timber-lined interior creates a feeling of warmth and comfort.

As A Room for London organisers observe, “the Room will offer a place of temporary withdrawal, a retreat from which guests can reflect on the problems and possibilities of urban 21st century life.


It is a place from which one can look out at London – and in turn a place which Londoners can look at and wonder about.”

Edwards Moore

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