A new hotel in London has partnered with sculptor Antony Gormley to design “an inhabitable structure” that will be one of 32 suites at the 73-room Beaumont when it opens in September. The hotel is the first from Corbin & King, the group behind Brasserie Zédel and other hot London tables.
While details are still scant, Gormley’s aptly named “ROOM” will have multiple rooms and interiors of oak. The exterior is meant, like much of the artist’s work, to depict his own bodily form, in this case a rather more cubist version of it than travelers are perhaps used to.
“Here is an inhabitable sculpture which contrasts the visible exterior with an inner experience,” Gormley’s artist statement reads:
“The interior of ROOM is only four meters square but ten meters high: intimate at body level, but open above. The idea was to reveal this slowly. I wanted to structure night as a preamble to sleeping and dreaming, and re-enforce the feeling of being fully enclosed so the window only gives a view of the sky. At night, the shutters allow total enclosure. My ambition for this work is that it should confront the monumental with the most personal, intimate experience.”
Rates for the Gormley-designed room start at £2,500 ($4,197) a night, but regular rooms start at £395 ($662), not at all an outlandish sum for a luxury property in Mayfair.