Conceived as an entry to Living Architecture's 'A Room for London' competition, Watch London™ is a special rotating circular space that offers a panoramic view of London for guests during their stay. Like the London Eye, the room is intended to be a public spectacle, curious to look at and fascinating to inhabit, and is designed to be a fully glazed drum that rotates 360° every 12 hours. Located on the roof of Queen Elizabeth Hall, it is calibrated so that you wake up to sunrise over St Paul's, and enjoy sunset over Big Ben at night.
Inspiration was taken from watch mechanisms to inform the design of a series of bespoke connected furniture pieces: a bed, desk, an elliptical sofa and a bar. At the centre is a wet room with a rain shower directly underneath an open-able roof light, allowing guests to shower outside.
A collaboration with artist Lothar Götz and engineers Fluid Structures, the scheme was developed to include a colourful geometric artwork made of twelve movable panels of fabric which sit around the glazing. The structure and assembly of the room is designed to be like a kit of parts, comprising a static façade and roof, and a rotating floor. The room is propelled by electromagnetic suspension (EMS) and moves using a small solar powered motor.
Our drawing for the project was exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London.
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It was announced this week that our collaboration with the engineers Fluid.Structures and the artist Lothar Götz unfortunately didn't make it to the final stages of Living Architecture's 'A Room for London' competition.