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The Hotel Rehearsal

  • The Hotel Rehearsal
  • The Hotel Rehearsal
  • The Hotel Rehearsal
  • The Hotel Rehearsal
  • The Hotel Rehearsal
  • The Hotel Rehearsal
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American artist Alex Schweder coined the term “Performance Architecture” in 2007 to encapsulate the understanding of architecture that it gives, both cues for how we are to behave and offers itself as a prop for inhabitants to form and perform their identities.

The Hotel Rehearsal looks like a portable project which speculates that architecture is enacted as well as built. Practising what architects call ‘programme’, this accommodation drives between parking lots rehearsing hotel-ness and its accompanying view by combining a van, a scissor lift, and an inflatable room made of a transparent and white PVC membrane.

Using the main transportation modes of the city, the suburbs, an elevator and an automobile, the Hotel Rehearsal is a building that moves in both directions. Through these omni-cartesian abilites, guests can change what they see from their window by either raising and lowering their air-engorged vinyl shelter or driving to another lot.


Artist | Alex Schweder, New York, USA 
Location | Denver, USA
Technical info | Inflatable PVC
Picture credits | Christobal Palma