‘a room for london’ by julian king architect, london england images courtesy of julian king architect

new york based studio, julian king architect, has submitted a proposal for living architecture’s ‘a room for london’ competition. the winning design, which will be announced in february, will be temporarily located on the roof of the queen elizabeth hall throughout the year of the 2012 olympic games.

the spherical structure, 7 meters in diameter, encases a room of 42 square meters that will sit perched above the skyline of london, overlooking some of the city’s most well-known sites.

julian king architect: a room for london

the clear polycarbonate shell, joined by aluminum rings that divide the sphere into the four meridians of the world, is coated with photo-voltaic cells. the solidified drops of silicone on a transparent film replicate the continents of earth and provides the room with all of the energy it requires. LED lights on the interior give the structure an ethereal glow at night.

julian king architect: a room for london site plan

julian king architect: a room for london (left) plan (right) section

inside, a central core defines the programmatic functions of the unit. a 180 degree sofa wraps around the shaft, stopping where it meets a queen sized bed that overlooks a roof top garden to the south. a bathroom and storage space consume the void, leaving only low and unobtrusive elements exposed.

a slightly slopped ramp leads to and from the structure, connecting the room with an open terrace and the entrance to the queen elizabeth hall. a rooftop garden consumes the previously concrete surface, further distancing the globe-like unit from the urban dwelling in which it exists.

julian king architect: a room for london diagram

during the design  process, this poem – an excerpt from tennyson – influenced the development:

‘much have I seen and known; cities of men and manners, climates, councils, governments, myself not least, but honour’d of them all; and drunk delight of battle with my peers, far on the ringing plains of windy troy.

I am a part of all that I have met;

…and this gray spirit yearning in desire to follow knowledge like a sinking star, beyond the utmost bound of human thought… most blameless is he, centered in the sphere of common duties…

the long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep moans round with many voices. come my friends,

’tis not too late to seek a newer world.’