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Un-built: A Room for London

Feb 4, 2011
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  • Architect MANOARCHITECTS

This is an entry to the design competition organised by Living Architecture + Artangle (two of Britain’s leading cultural organisations). The competition asked entrants to design a temporary one-bedroom home/hotel, which would be built on the roof of Queen Elizabeth Hall on Southbank in London, adjacent to Waterloo Bridge and the River Thames.

The proposed design was to be built of Scandinavian plantation pine pallets, clad in PV-inlaid Eco resin and bubble wrap insulation. The small building is 40sqm, encompassing a lounge, bedroom and bathroom framed on one side with a series of bamboo courtyards and opening to the City of London and the River Thames on the other side. Generating its own power and totally self-sustained, the building would be available for guests to hire throughout 2012 – designed to coincide with the 2012 Olympics. At the end of 2012, all materials would be recycled/reused or, alternatively, the building would be sold to perspective bidders for relocation and reuse on another side.

*Team* ManoArchitects, ERCO lighting, Andrew Simpson (engineer), Mirjam Roos from Steensen Varming, David Lakes from Lochbuild

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