Presenting a London panorama that stretches from Big Ben to St Paul’s Cathedral, the view from A Room for London, which is a one-bedroom installation shaped like a boat that seems to have been washed up by a storm and has perched atop the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, is simply fantastic. A Room for London was supposed to be a temporary arrangement but its overwhelming popularity has forced authorities to keep it for entire 2013. It can be rented for a one-night stay by the public.
The innovative boat has been designed by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with the artist Fiona Banner. The unique one-room space above the Thames will also be used by writers, musicians and artists to create new work for ten days in a month. The inspiration for their creativity will be provided by the spectacular views of London that they will get from the boat-shaped room which has already motivated songwriter Imogen Heap to create a work-in-progress song and a podcast by The English Patient author Michael Ondaatje.
If you are interested in experiencing this unique one-night stay, you can book the room for any of the days in 2013 or you can also win a night in the room by entering the ‘Ideas for London’ competition via the aroomforlondon.co.uk website. You will find it difficult to find another such unique place as A Room for London which is quite unusual, poetic and life-enhancing. Staying in the room will indeed be an exhilarating experience that will draw out all your creative juices. It will provide a sweeping view of one of the world’s greatest cities. It is more than a hotel room as it serves as an observatory, a retreat and a studio.
The room has a deck, a crow’s nest and a cabinet of visual curios along with a centerpiece bed that can slide on rails so that you can have a complete panoramic view over the city. You can also use the room as a remarkable studio space as it has an octagonal library with a carefully selected array of books and twin desks that enable you to look out across the river. When you leave the room in the morning, you will be invited to share your experiences during your stay by filling out your feelings in a logbook in the ‘bridge’ of the boat.