SAILLON — "I couldn't sleep", "The room was noisy" May be a frustration that hotel owners are afraid of from guests, but for the Riklin brothers that's the point of their latest "Zero Star Hotel" art installation.
Swiss concept artist hotel rooms are basically double beds on the platform, with two bedside tables and lamps. There are no walls, ceilings or doors to provide privacy or shelter.
They set up the Nurstern Suite (German for Zero Star) on the side of the road next to a gas station in the village of Saillon in Valais, southern Switzerland.
The twin brothers aim to encourage guests to think about world issues and take different actions.
Created a similar bed in an idyllic place, but this is their first "anti-pastoral" place.
"Sleep is not important," says Frank Riklin. "The important thing is to reflect the current state of the world. Staying here is a statement about the urgent need for social change."
Guest Invited to "half asleep" to discuss topics such as climate change, war, the endless quest for humanity's perfection, and the damage it causes to the planet.
"In a nutshell, it's not time to sleep. We have to react," Patrick said. "If we go in the same direction as we do today, there may be more anti-pastoral places than idyllic places."
Developed in collaboration with hotel owner Daniel Charbonnier. The project features three more Null Stern suites on a more idyllic vineyard and picturesque hillside.
The suite with butler service serving drinks and breakfast is available from July 1st to September 18th. Price of incomplete sleep: CHF 325 ($ 437).
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