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South Bank Centre Architecture

Arts Development in centre of the capital: London Built Environment, England, UK

6 Apr 2018

Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall reopens for the first time in history

On Monday April 9th Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, along with Purcell Room, will open its doors to the public for the first time since closing for refurbishment at the end of 2015.

Queen Elizabeth Hall Building interior
photo : Morley Von Sternberg

Queen Elizabeth Hall Building

11 Apr 2013

A Room for London News

Shortlisted for Design Museum Awards

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photos : Charles Hosea

Design Museum Award 2013 : shortlisted for the Architecture category

The Design Museum announces the seven category winners for the annual Designs of the Year Awards. The awards celebrate the best of international design from the last 12 months. The overall winner for the Design of The Year 2013 will be announced on Wednesday 16 April.

8 Sep 2011

A Room for London – Queen Elizabeth Hall

Bookings for A Room for London for the first half of 2012 sold out in 12 minutes, earlier today

A Room for London design
picture courtesy of David Kohn Architects and Fiona Banner

For those still hoping to stay in this remarkable installation, there’s a chance to try again on 19th January 2012, when bookings open for nights between July and December 2012.

A Room for London is a one-bedroom installation that will sit on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre. The room was commissioned by Living Architecture and Artangel, in association with Southbank Centre, the London 2012 Festival and Arts Council England, and designed by David Kohn Architects and Fiona Banner. It is available to stay in (for one night per booking only) throughout 2012.

Hopeful Londoners can also enter the ‘Ideas for London’ competition launched on Tuesday by Artangel in association withthe Evening Standard. The competition is open to all those living or working in London, and seeks extraordinary and original ideas for the future of the capital. Winners spend a night in A Room for London exploring their idea with creative and influential individuals before literally ‘sleeping on it’. More information on ‘Ideas for London’ is available here:

Visit for general information on A Room for London.

8 Feb 2011

A Room for London – Queen Elizabeth Hall News

David Kohn and Fiona Banner to create ‘A Room for London’ on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre

A Room for London
picture courtesy of David Kohn Architects and Fiona Banner

David Kohn Architects and artist Fiona Banner have been selected to design A Room for London, a temporary installation that will sit on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre, London and be part of the London 2012 Festival.

The design competition for A Room for London, which attracted entries from around 500 architects and artists from across the world, was instigated by Living Architecture, and Artangel, in association with Southbank Centre. The brief was to create a room on one of the most visible sites in the British capital, where up to two people at a time could spend a unique night in an exemplary architectural landmark.

Kohn and Banner’s winning design is for a boat which, perched on the Queen Elizabeth Hall roof, will appear to have come to rest there, grounded, perhaps, from the retreating waters of the Thames below. From the lower and upper ‘decks’ of this beautifully crafted timber structure, there will be extraordinary views of a London panorama that stretches from Big Ben to St Paul’s cathedral.

On arrival ‘aboard’, a nautical flag will be raised to signal occupation, with the visitors invited to fill in a logbook on the ‘bridge’ of the boat, detailing what they have experienced during their stay, out of the window as much as within themselves. This is contemporary architecture at its most playful, beguiling and thought-provoking.

Alongside public booking, the Room will play host to a guest programme of special visitors – artists, writers and cultural commentators of all kinds. These ‘thinkers-in-residence’ will be invited to stay and encouraged to muse on the city at a moment in time, through writing, image-making, online postings or live webcasts from the Room itself as their own idiosyncratic entries in the logbook. Some contributions will be instantly experienced by the public; others developed slowly during the course of the year. All visitors will be offered a chance to share experiences of a night in the Room.

Bookings for A Room for London – for no more than one night – will be available through the website from 8 September 2011.

A Room for London is a cultural collaboration between Living Architecture and Artangel in association with Southbank Centre and the London 2012 Festival. The London 2012 Festival is the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. It will be a 12-week UK-wide cultural celebration from 21 June 2012 that brings leading artists from all over the world together to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, film and digital innovation.

David Kohn Architects

A Room for London Competition entry by Studio DuB:

A Room for London entry

Structure: The means of holding up the roof is manifest as a playful ribbon fabricated from laminated timber. The roof and floor slabs sit within the laminated timber ribbon. The floor slab employs a ballast accommodated within sections of the floor void to resist wind uplift. Adjustable pads under the main members would evenly distribute the load and take up an anomalies in the slope of the existing QEH roof. The laminated members would have joints at the knuckles for ease of carriage and assembly. The floor and roof slabs would come as cassettes for lifting into position allowing speedy internal fit-out within the weatherproof shell.


Living Architecture – A Room for London – Competition, 2010

Queen Elizabeth Hall aerials:
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Queen Elizabeth Hall views:
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Living Architecture – A Room for London Contest

Submission deadline was 30 Nov 2010

Location: South Bank Centre, London, England, UK

London Buildings

Contemporary London Architecture Designs

London Architecture Designs – chronological list

London Architecture Tours by e-architect

London Architects Offices

London Architecture

South Bank Centre Buildings

Four key South Bank buildings:
Royal Festival Hall, Royakl National Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Hayward

Royal Festival Hall
London County Council Architects’ Department
permanent building from Festival of Britain

Royal Festival Hall refurbishment, Southbank Centre
Allies and Morrison
Royal Festival Hall
image © Adrian Welch
Royal Festival Hall
£115m, opened 8 Jun 2007 – incl. new Conran restaurant called Skylon

Royal National Theatre
Denys Lasdun Architect
Royal National Theatre
South Bank Centre London : photo © Adrian Welch

South Bank Centre – Undercroft:
South Bank Centre South Bank Centre London
pictures © Adrian Welch

Location: south bank of River Thames

Nearest Tube: Embankment

London National Theatre, South Bank Centre Building

Hayward Gallery – Entertainment Pavilion, south London
Allies and Morrison

Hayward Gallery – Bookshop, South Bank Centre
Stanton Williams

South Bank Centre
photo © Adrian Welch

Rambert South Bank Building
Allies & Morrison
Rambert South Bank
picture from architects
Rambert South Bank

Avery Associates Architects
photo © Adrian Welch

The Deck, National Theatre, London
A-EM Studio Ltd
The Deck National Theatre
photo from CABE

London Eye
London Eye
photo © Nick Weall

Neon Tower – The Hayward
Philip Vaughan & Roger Dainton

The Cube London, England
Design: Park Associati
The Cube London building
photo : Andrea Martiradonna
The European tour of THE CUBE continues: next stops London and Stockholm. THE CUBE is a nomadic, stateless and cosmopolitan piece of architecture, a pavilion designed to host a small, temporary restaurant. Originating from Electrolux’s concept of an itinerant restaurant, THE CUBE has been conceived and organized by the Belgian event agency Absolute Blue; the design of the pavilion, as well as the interior design, was developed by the Italian firm Park Associati, Milano; Logo and Texture Design by Studio FM Milano.

Photos from the London Eye:
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photos © Adrian Welch

Southbank Centre London : Masterplan

Southwark Buildings

76 Southbank
Renewal Architect: Alfred Hall Monaghan Morris
76 Southbank London Property Development

Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, central London
West 8 Landscape Architects
Jubilee Gardens

South Bank Centre Building architect : Denys Lasdun

South Bank Centre Photographs taken with Panasonic DMC-FX01 lumix camera; Leica lense: 2816×2112 pixels – original photos available upon request: info(at)

Buildings / photos for the South Bank Centre London Architecture page welcome