Hanging Hotel: A Suspended Campsite for Climbers / Dr. Margot Krasojevic

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Dr. Margot Krasojevic is known for using digital parameters to explore the psychological effects of architecture – materials and spatiality – on its inhabitants.  The Hanging Hotel / Suspended Campsite is one such project that was completed in October 2011 for Holden Manz Wine Estate Cape Town in Massif de L’ Esterel, (Gorges Du Vedron) South of .  The project is an investigation in the choreography of perceptions of the environment around us.  In this particular project, catering to rock climbers, Dr. Krasojevic uses compound glass and a prism louver system to alter how the climbers see their environment and stimulates different psychological experiences based on these subtle shifts in vision.

More on this project after the break.

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The Hanging Hotel is a composition of platforms and pods that are affixed to the existing granite through borehole foundations injected into the rock face that clamp the structure to the façade.  These platforms can be used as additional obstacles for the climbers, but are intended to be used as rest areas for a pause along the route. The primary structure of the platforms and their interior pods are composed of steel horizontal piles, columns and steel frame sections.  The secondary structure is the wooden walkway that supports the structure and creates a smooth geometry across the surface. Third is laminated plywood paneling and and a carbon fibre reinforced polymer shell that partitions the pods.  The structure is finished with elastic plaster and paint.

Courtesy of Dr. Margot Krasojevic

But the most important ingredient to this mix of materials in the holographic filtered compound glass and prism louver system that creates the affects sought out by Dr. Krasojevic.  The glass first serves the practical purpose of protecting the climbers from harmful UVB rays from the sun.  The holographic filter reduces the glare and types of wavelengths that enter the pods.  For exhausted climbers this is an important aspect that also provides a safe environment in which to relax before continuing their climb.

Courtesy of Dr. Margot Krasojevic

Because these filters are removable, it allows the experience of the pods to be choreographed based on the desired affect.  The louvers to which the filters are affixed wrap around the pods and create a shading system.  They also dim the sunlight and with certain tweaks of the filters they can produce mirages and illusions out of the true environment, altering colors and relationships of the views.  The design also takes advantage of the altitude, which can be disorienting in itself, as well as the exhaustion associated with rock climbing.

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The pods allow occupants to disassociate from the reality of the present moment by altering the visual components.  It works in two ways.  It provides mental relaxation and preparation for the rest of the climb and creates a meditative environment to aid recovery.  It can also “tune climbers in” to the reality of the environment by creating a hyperawareness about the nuances of light that our vision may not be accustomed to seeing. The pods are half construction, half excavation of the rock.  They can also be perceived as an extension of the rock wall.  Finger and fist jams are added to the concrete surface structure sprayed into the boreholes and over the surfaces creating an artificial climbing surface for access to the platforms.

Cite: Vinnitskaya, Irina. "Hanging Hotel: A Suspended Campsite for Climbers / Dr. Margot Krasojevic" 04 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=222582>
  • Andreas

    Nice parody of parametric architecture.

  • Andrew

    What a pile of rubbish. When will certain people realise parametrics are a tool and not a design generator? Completely unfeasible and utterly pretentious. More of a illustration exercise than architecture.

    • Marla

      Digital parameters and parametricism are not always the same thing so before you rubbish a project understand what and why you are doing so. As for it being merely an illustrative exercise is as deluded as your understanding of the potential behind parametric architecture. This project might be pretentious but it certainly questions typology, program and appropriation something which architecture has been known to do. Pushing the boundaries of form not solely as an exercise is important and I believe this project does just that.

      • bLogHouse

        Rock climbing should leave as little traces behind as possible. By excavating the rock this project proposes exactly the opposite. It’s more a pollution (visual too)than anything else.

      • Tom Peeters

        i don’t see this questioning anything but the sanity of it’s designer

      • Andreas

        Yes, there is a case for parametric design, but you would surely have to defend it AGAINST this project.
        And as a climber myself I have a hard time to find any connection whatsoever between this project and climbing.

    • Dolores

      Andrew thinks everything is RUBBISHHHHHHHH!

  • Max

    no climber will want to go rest in some ‘science – fictional design hotel’ … that defeats the idea of climbing !!!

  • tt

    I can´t even see what this is! Negative response!
    Can´t compute! No no big no no

  • Randy

    Mount this at grade and I am THERE!

    • Eric Rang

      Gobbledy Gook

  • Andrew

    This is an adrenaline fuelled project. Love it! Grade it at HS and I still would give it a go.

    • Crystal method

      This is a methamphetamine fueled project. Love it! Grind it some more and I would give it a go

      • fish

        who are the idiots that thumbed this up?! it’s called SARCASM, you morons! do you know what methamphetamine is?

  • Peter

    So the structure is attached to the rock by blurring the rendering´s contours in Photoshop?

    • non

      well put

    • steven

      Why don’t you try reading one of the other images but I suspect no matter how clear an explanation you will remain confused.

  • Farshis Mehmet

    It is only too easy to dismiss a scheme such as this as just design led parametrics espececially if you have no idea or experience of using this as a design as well as an engineering tool. Ignorance is always exposed with irresponsible comments that go nowehere and have no foundations for an objective dialogue which architecture needs when facing new techniques and possibilities. Its a great project and a risky one with an audience that refuses to open their eyes and learn.

  • oldschool

    digital rococo

    • Leilak

      This comment rocks!

    • Robb

      Spot on!

    • sfg


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  • Johnhenry

    As a grade 5.10 climber I think this project is amazing.the design is a climbing frame accommodating portals she’s,brilliant stuff!

  • H-J


    • bLogHouse

      you bet!

  • Valod

    crystalized lootz

    • bLogHouse

      Ha-ha, the only negative comment that is not thumbed down is Valod’s. Looks like the army of ‘thumbs for hire’ does not know English very well. You, lackeys, don’t know what ‘loot’ means, do you! Look it up – it hits the bull’s eye!

    • Mike Bond

      But, indeed, a whole army of “thumbs for hire”.
      It is impossible that all those thumbs-up came in a fair way. Just disgusting!

      • Farshis Mehmet

        what is truly disgusting are some of the unnecessarily rude comments, mostly nothing to with architecture.