When I wrote about this now closed Berlin object of art/experimental one room billboard hotel in December 2007, I didn’t imagine that people would actually sleep in it. I visited it in March when I was in Berlin for ITB Berlin. Henri Roelings, who is one of the guys behind WiWiH (Who Is Who In Hospitality) had booked it during ITB Berlin and had actually slept in it a during ITB Berlin.
On the corner of Kommandantenstrasse and Neue Gruenstrasse one finds this billboard that hides the hotel room behind it. The room has no windows, so it is definitely a room without a view.
Henri commented that when he stayed in the room, he had slept very comfy,but he was a little bit afraid that people could easily fire him up by making a fire under the room. Luckily the giant steel watchdog opposite of the hotel room has been watching over his safety.
Henri had the ladder to enter the room so that he could advertise WiWiH.
Once entering the hotel room I was surprised to find a real bathroom. There was water for the wash bin and the shower via a reservoir. There was a chemical toilet and there was electricity.
Here you can see that you could hang your clothes, had a TV set and a drawer chest and an easy chair. All very doable.
The Guest Book
Not only the hotel room is artsy. According to the Guest Book its guests are artsy a well and they liked it!
This Swiss comment reads: “First sushi, then Victoria, thereafter Paul and finally here: Reason: Birthday!”
I am futzing around with Adobe Photo shop for quite some time now. Only after obtaining CS3 my computer doesn’t hang as much any more. Today I got a bit more grip on lens correction. The result is the above photo which is as I had it in mind when I took it with my old Canon Powershot G5, which isn’t a bad camera at all, but has its impracticalities.
Below is the original, a bit out of perspective.
I don’t particularly like Burberry as a brand, because it never seems to change. Here however their architect did something nice. That’s why I have coined it street “Art” .
Located on Death Strip, the piece of land along the former Berlin Wall where people used to be shot and now a waste land dedicated to sculptures, French artist Etienne Boulanger formed a one room hotel between billboards. It definitely is a Room without a View. A night costs a mere Euro 20.- (approx US $ 30.-). It is on view (or use) up to March 2008.
It is accessible by ladder and is a fully equipped as a two star hotel room.
Philip Horst, one of five artists running the Sculpture Park Berlin Centrum, said: “Boulanger’s idea was to make use of an economic cycle and use the rented out advertising spaces to finance the hotel.”