The Chamber - Non Architecture Competitions

The Chamber

TEAM: Marja Mia Kolendić, Anita Krmek – KolendicKrmek d.o.o.

an introverted sleeping setup for the all-round traveler

What are the sleeping arrangements?
The question often asked when planning to travel. Is it a hotel, hostel, at the friend’s friend house? In the car? At the airport check-in or couch surfing?
The app era in which we currently live allows you to organize every single detail of your life by not moving an inch from your phone. Should you want a facial or a taxi ride, maybe a flower delivery or the amount of water you yet have to drink today.
You use web and app search for setting up your chamber. You can see its location and its vacancy in the city grid. Everything is made online and via an app or web page. You then proceed to use the hotel room by yourself but for the other services needed you have the city you are now in, to provide you with the other part of the scheme. The hotel scheme is the city net of streets and buildings and the room part is the chamber; specially designed for this type of use. It provides solitude and privacy much needed on your travel, but at the same time you are a part of a big community which is now the city itself. There is no other solution but to search for required facilities out there.
The aim is to bring back THE hotel room. The one with a specific smell of washed linen, worn out carpets and flaring furniture. To evocate that memories we referenced all that in our chamber with printed moldings and carpeted floors. The hotel what it used to mean. Breakfasts with other guests, drinks in the lobby before dinner, tea in the afternoon… It was a colorful and complex scheme resembling a city map. With both having extra services like laundry washing and ironing, cocktail bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Besides having a room – „apartment“ in the city in which you can sleep you could get all of the other conveniences. The main part missed nowadays, in the new „not- a-tourist-but-a-traveler“ must-be is that common part of a hotel, the hall, the kitchen and the bar, the breakfast area and in the knowing that when you enter that hotel door you are now an individual who is however part of a community, that hotel staying community, forever together for that long weekend stay.
The chamber is an object made for all-year round travel. Made from pressed waste and exploited materials (such as cast rubber toilet and printed walls) it can be a shelter or it can be a luxury accommodation. Depends on your surrounding context.