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World’s First Hotel Made of Garbage Rises in Rome

Posted By Andrew Michler On June 7, 2010 @ 9:30 am In Architecture,Art,Prefab Housing,Recycled Materials | 2 Comments

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Inhabitat reader Joann Plockova [2] writes to tell us about Rome’s newest attraction – the world’s first hotel made entirely of garbage! The Save The Beach Hotel [3] ain’t pretty, but neither will Europe’s beaches be if its citizens don’t start cleaning up. Designed by German artist H.A. Shult [4] as part of a publicity campaign by the environmental group Save The Beach [3], this trashy hotel is made of 12,000 kilograms of debris collected from Europe’s beaches.

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Save The Beach hotel makes a very poignant gesture towards a very real environmental problem, and we couldn’t help seeing a certain DADA [6]ist streak in the idea. In a BBC interview [7] Mr. Shult explains “It’s made of garbage because where ever you go on this planet there is garbage. We are living in a time of garbage on the planet which we have only rented.” The shock value is carried inside [8], where the five guest hotel features walls encrusted with artifacts that have been disinfected.

The Hotel is not made completely of garbage — the structure is actually a very modern system prefabricated [9] in a German factory, and the garbage wall panels were pre-built as well (here is a video [10] showing how they made it.) It is only fitting that the intention of the DADA art movement [11] — to shock and disorient — is still alive and well at the service of environmental awareness. Unfortunately, they don’t take reservations as the building is only there temporarily.

+ Save The Beach [3]

Via BBC News [7] and 9news [12]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/07/worlds-first-hotel-made-of-garbage-rises-in-rome/new-7-8/

[2] Joann Plockova: http://joannplockova.wordpress.com/

[3] Save The Beach Hotel: http://www.coronasavethebeach.org/en/el-hotel/

[4] H.A. Shult: http://www.haschult.de/trash.html

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/07/worlds-first-hotel-made-of-garbage-rises-in-rome/new-8-7/

[6] DADA: http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/history-of-art/dada.htm

[7] BBC interview: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/europe/10234605.stm

[8] inside: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=124009

[9] prefabricated: http://inhabitat.com/architecture/prefab-housing/

[10] video: http://www.coronasavethebeach.org/how-to-build-a-rubbish-hotel/

[11] art movement: http://www.inhabitat.com/art/

[12] 9news: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=1064379

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