The city is full of heterogeneous desires, equipped with rapidly changing market forces and globalization. We have been adding differences to the city and the image of the ‘whole’ becomes merely the representation of our versatile culture and a snapshot of diverse desires. The concept of ‘permanence’ of architecture had been dwarfed and we lost the space of evocation and inspiration which the permanent architecture used to provide. The information overloaded by many unknown forces are hard to avoid, urging us to join the sense of short term ‘change’. Addressed to this context, Hotel Solitaire suggests an eventful architecture - admitting the notion that we can no longer produce permanent architecture - and provides absolute freedom from the pleasant isolation in the city.
Architecture as Event Hotel Solitaire can happen anywhere. The prefabricated module based on lightweight steel framing and cable structure is delivered from off-site factory with minimal infrastructure hookup. The hotel units are attached under the bridges for eventful emergence of inspirational space. The module can travel, based on the season, market needs and urban strategy.
Absolute Isolation for Freedom There is a hotel lobby at the pier and after the check in, ferries with special lift carry the guest to the unit. This is the only way to get to and leave the room. Being in the heart of the city, maximizing the scenic experience on the water, the guest achieves the absolute isolation and freedom, uninterrupted by any external factors.
Urban Ornaments for placemaking The skin of the unit is a parametric wrapper responding to the user’s need. It can open and close by simple motor and overlapping of L-shape thin aluminum panels. While the guest enjoys the absolute freedom, the structurally efficient hanging structure works as an icon and ornaments in the city.