Hotel Pro Forma

This winning entry (in collaboration with fieldOFFICE) for the first conceptual phase of the competition locates an argument for performance spaces of the future in the temporal and commercial aspects of a hotel. The project re-shapes the conventional model of an art building through a restructuring of physical and programmatic boundaries. In alignment with new spatial models opened by digital media, the building will be a responsive environment that will allow users to surf the hotel, choosing when to hit a site, activate certain spaces and by-pass others. This appropriation of a hotel’s organizational principles rewrites the Art Institution as a responsive matrix of services. Hotel Pro Forma included this entry in the 2nd phase competition brief (see our 2nd phase entry), as the conceptual framework for the competition to design their Future Art House. “A reply that is closed and transparent at the same time” (p.4, jury comments, March 23, 2000)

After winning 1st prize in the 1st phase, nARCHITECTS (in collaboration with fieldOFFICE, + Arkitektgruppen, Aarhus and Arup NY) pre-qualified as finalists to design a 32m tall building on a 30m x 40m corner site facing the main square of ├śrestad. The appropriation of a hotel is continued by simplifying a hybrid program of performance, exhibition, hotel and offices and organizing the building as an alternating vertical sequence of rooms and lobbies. This sectional multiplication of a hotel delays and disperses arrival, check-in, and departure, creating varying adjacencies between users.

An adjustable stage interconnects the structure-free lobby floors, permitting simultaneous performances and multiple spatial permutations. Separating the lobbies are tightly packed structural room floors which accommodate both the building’s infrastructure and a matrix of rentable rooms. The flexibility of the building section allows for spatial permutations ranging from multiple simultaneous events, through large vertical and/or horixontal configurations. The section can accommodate a black box performance for an audience of 500 or the specific demands of other user directed events such as exhibitions, new media, live art and conventions.

Hotel Pro Forma
Client : Hotel Pro Forma
Project Location : Denmark
Status : 2000
Program : Theater / Hotel
Awards : 1st Prize, Phase 1, International Competition
nARCHITECTS Team : Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang (Principals), in collaboration with Anette Dudek and Jamie Meunier of fieldOFFICE; also with Arkitektgruppen, Aarhus
Collaborators : Structure and MEP: Arup NY