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David Kohn's South Bank holiday home lifted into place

[FIRST LOOK] David Kohn Architects and Fiona Banner’s ship-like Room for London mini-hotel has been installed in its temporary home on top of the roof of the Queen Elizabeth Hall

The competition-winning scheme on London’s South Bank is backed by Artangel and philosopher Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture holiday home venture and will stay on its rooftop perch throughout 2012.

Costing from £120 a night, the nautical addition is understood to be fully booked until July. The design was based on the boat Roi des Belges which author Joseph Conrad commanded on the upper Congo in 1889 before writing his famous novella Heart of Darkness.

Room for London on Queen Elizabeth Hall by David Kohn

Room for London on Queen Elizabeth Hall by David Kohn

Previous story (AJ 08.02.2011)

David Kohn wins Southbank holiday home competition

[FIRST LOOK] David Kohn Architects with artist Fiona Banner has won the ‘Room for London’ competition to design a temporary living quarters on the roof of Queen Elizabeth Hall

Beating a top secret shortlist of practices to win the Living Architecture and Artangel-backed commission, Kohn aims to complete the £150,000 boat-shaped structure for January 2012.The design features a ‘nautical’ flag which visitors will raise to signal occupation.

As many as 500 practices submitted proposals for the contest to create a temporary building on the Southbank arts centre’s roof.

Planned as a ‘space for quiet reflection’ amidst London’s noise, the room will also be used by members of the public, and reserved for a few days each month for the use of ‘special visitors’ such as athletes and artists.

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