The idea for our ‘Room For London’ is to provide a striking architecture, that will be dramatic when viewed from the Southbank and its surroundings, and yet provide a private and sheltered space for reflection and contemplation.
The building is a long tube, that cantilevers just over 5m over the edge of the existing roof. This provides a theatrical gesture that evokes a sense of wonder. Being clad in crinkled aluminium, the building will continuously change in a play with light and reflections.
The interior reveals the construction with exposed cross-laminated panels that has been white-washed to provide a calm interior.
We propose to fill the existing concrete parapet roof with a thin layer of water, creating an urban pond. This will generate a completely different environment on the roof, to that what is expected when viewed from the ground. The ‘Room’ would be accessed via a long foot-bridge, which further accentuates the building as a retreat, perched on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
The sleeping area faces east and turns its back on the busy river frontage and overlooks the water that will give a calming effect when one withdraws.