David Kohn Architects’ competition-winning pop-up holiday home on London’s South Bank has been taken down and put into storage
The temporary structure, Room for London, was designed in collaboration with Turner Prize-nominated artist Fiona Banner. It was dismantled in two stages earlier today (28 February) amid a flurry of snow.
It is just over six years since the innovative structure was lifted into place in time for the Cultural Olympiad, which accompanied London’s 2012 Games.
The design was chosen from more than 500 submissions to a contest organised by Living Architecture and arts producers Artangel for the prominent waterfront site above the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
David Kohn Architects’ winning design was inspired by the Roi des Belges, the boat that author Joseph Conrad commanded on the upper Congo in 1889 before writing his famous novella Heart of Darkness.
The structure, originally planned to remain on the site for 12 months, was used for cultural programming, including writers, musicians and artists in residence, before being let to the public as a holiday home.
Despite being staying fully booked, the holiday home was closed because it was limiting access during FCBS’s refurbishment of the Brutalist complex last year and the decision was made to find another home for the landmark.
It was deinstalled by Brighton-based fabricator Millimetre, which originally assembled the structure in 2011 and will now store it ahead of a new home being found.
Room for London on Queen Elizabeth Hall by David Kohn