September 10, 2007

Chambers Hotel Response

This hotel was so full of great art that I feel it would be inadequate to pick one or two pieces to discuss. Instead, I would like to examine the Chambers itself. I've always been a big fan of architecture anyway. The layout of this building is, and had to be, innovative because it suits two uses which are normally very different in appearance. For all the Venuses reclining on their marble fainting couches in museums, you'll seldom find a place to have a rest yourself. Inversely, most hotels don't have a curator keeping a file of all the towels and Comfort Inn stationery. This place must be both an elegant space for displaying art AND a cozy place for throwing away the stresses of the day. How is this achieved?

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