WALENSTADT, Switzerland (Reuters) – Two Swiss conceptual artists offer seven “hotel rooms” open this summer in a “show room” which includes eastern Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Swiss artists, Frank and Patrik Riklin pose in front of the bedroom of their Zero-Real-Estate art installation, when the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) continues, on the alp in front of the Churfirsten mountains and Lake Walen near Walenstadt, Switzerland May 29, 2020 REUTERS / Arnd Wiegmann
Guests “perform”, without spectators, by spending the night in a double bed with unobstructed views of the majestic landscape.
The services of white-gloved “modern servants” – often a local farmer in jeans and Wellington boots – are included in 295 Swiss francs ($ 300) – overnight fees.
Created by twin brothers Frank and Patrik Riklin and his partner Daniel Charbonnier, the “Zero Real Estate” project aims to blow up traditional approaches to hospitality in a country famous for its mountainous resorts and luxurious lakeside.
“The idea is that with ‘Zero Real Estate,’ we make the other one a performer by doing real estate concepts without hotel rooms,” Frank Riklin said during the preview.
Previous versions of the installation have featured beds in nuclear bunkers and at an altitude of 1,600 meters (5,250 feet) in the mountainous region of Grisons in eastern Switzerland.
The corona virus pandemic could make the concept program more interesting, the brothers said.
“The room without walls and roof also shows a kind of liberation. Maybe there is no other place to enjoy a better ventilated room than this during the summer in Switzerland, “said Patrik Riklin.
And if it rains? Guests can retreat to standby shelters at local farmhouses or barns.
($ 1 = 0.9604 Swiss francs)
Writing by Michael Shields; editing by Philippa Fletcher
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