The powerful image of a boat raised up from the river structure and deposited on a rooftop creates a surreal impact on the skyline above Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank. It also sets up a series of intriguing and unexpected relationships. Counterpoint is a theme that clearly underlies the design and yet a closer inspection suggests a finely judged engagement with the setting.
Functionally, the space provides a unique vantage point and setting for visitors to stay, with the design making much of the exposed setting. The interior spaces have a deliberate and controlled intimacy in sharp counterpoint to the broad panorama of the sweep of the Thames. The highly tactile interior composed of stained plywood and felt creates intense intimacy and a powerfully immersive experience.