This crazy alpine hotel room has no walls or roof, but boasts a breathtaking view

July 21, 2016 by  
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Swiss conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin originally created the minimalist, open-air hotel room for the Art Safiental land art festival, and then adapted it into the second reincarnation of Null Stern, a tongue-in-cheek art project and conceptual hospitality group that translates into “Zero Stars” and has the tagline “Null Stern—the only star is you.” Null Stern Hotel’s first-ever hotel room consisted of a former nuclear bunker converted into an “eco-luxury hotel” that operated between 2009 and 2010. This year, the brothers revisited Null Stern and collaborated with hospitality professional Daniel Charbonnier to launch a new hotel room that only comprises a double bed, a pair of nightstands, and two lamps. Each night costs 250 Swiss francs (approximately $253 USD). A butler will also be there to serve guests breakfast in bed, although there’s no mention of where he’ll sleep. The nearest public bathroom is a 10-minute walk away. The organizers say that hotel room is available to book from spring to autumn, however, reservations can be cancelled at last minute if the weather is bad. Related: This portable hotel room can pop up almost anywhere in Scandinavia “Even though this version is radically different from the first one in the nuclear bunker, the essence and the spirit of the concept remains the same – to put the guest at the centre of the experience and to focus on the intangible by reducing everything else to the minimum,” said Charbonnier. Null Stern hopes to install similar open-air rooms throughout the Swiss countryside in collaboration with regional tourism organizations. + Null Stern Via Dezeen Images via Null Stern

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Hundreds of colorful swings transform a busy street in Luxembourg

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyr6pIDtr5w The swings are suspended just out of reach of pedestrians, evoking a sense of nostalgia for lazy summer days and childhood memories. With the ropes painted in bright colors, the installation is impossible to miss. In an article published at Dezeen , Mertens explained his intent: “Re-appropriated, multiplied and transposed in an unexpected context – suspended over a downtown pedestrian street – the swing becomes a playful work of art.” This isn’t the first time Mertens has created a magical and slightly surreal outdoor art installation. In the past, he’s created an “urban game” that passersby could play using a giant red balloon controlled by motion detectors, and sculptures involving balloons, chandeliers, and lightbulbs sprouting from the floor like flowers. The installation was created as part of a competition organized by the City of Luxembourg and several local groups. It was selected out of five other finalists for display, taking a month and a half to put together the swings and three days for a team of workers to install. If you’d like to catch it while it’s still on display, don’t wait — it’s only going to be up through August 2016. + Max Mertens

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