Q+A with DMA architect Zoë Tallon

What is your role at DMA?
I am currently the Project Architect for a large 4* hotel located on Curtain Road in Shoreditch, East London. This involves the day to day running of the project, which is under construction and due for completion later this year.

What is the most exciting project you have worked on?
The Curtain Hotel has been an interesting job to run for several reasons, namely negotiating the cultural clashes arising from a diverse project team of French contractor, New York based hotel operator, Texan interior designer and mainly British consultant team, which makes for lively discussions and some amusing lost in translation moments. Our location in the centre of Shoreditch also presents an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic and fast changing corner of the city.

Is there a building you wish you could have designed? Or what is your favourite building and why?
My favourite building would have to be the Teshima Art Museum located on the hillside of a small sparsely populated Japanese island, designed by Ryue Nishizawa (one half of SANAA). Constructed from a 60m wide thin concrete shell with openings to frame the horizon, the museum gives the impression of a surreal spaceship which has landed from outer space. Not easy to visit involving catching a few ferries and then a cycle ride but worth the effort.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an architect?
If I was not an architect I would most likely be a librarian so that I could be surrounded by books all day long. Alternatively a pastry chef in order to design (and eat!) fantastical culinary creations.

Read more about The Curtain, Shoreditch here.