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A Room
for London

London - South Bank

The building is part house, (as temporary home) part beach hut or garden shed, a building to intensify the experience of viewing London and its changing light.
At the same time creating space to contemplate, retreating from the noise and light around the site.

The building as terroir describes the subtle sensibility of trying to understand a place and the building’s character. Terroir comes from the French word terre "land", a term in wine used to denote the special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place bestow upon particular varieties. It can be very loosely translated as "a sense of place," which is embodied in certain characteristic qualities, the sum of the effects that the local environment has had on the manufacture of the product. The definition of terroir can be expanded to include elements that are controlled or influenced by human decisions.

Landscape/ View from above
The building is set on a plinth on the QEH roof, with a ground pattern and the texture of the path to the Room, forming a landscape which relates to the tides, the Thames beach, the embanking of the city and the South Bank territory. The plinth is a terrace to the room, from which the guests will be able to look across the river, Waterloo Bridge and the South Bank podiums. They will be able to see the river walk as a continuum.

The walk to the room around the QEH and the Hayward would be lit with LEDs as a new way of uniting the intermediate podium, as a promenade from Waterloo Bridge or the lower level route from Waterloo Station

Year: 2012
Location: London - South Bank
Collaborators: Jane Wernick Associates , Max Fordham &Partners