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  7. The Hedonist / Nuno Pimenta + Frederico Martins

The Hedonist / Nuno Pimenta + Frederico Martins

  • 01:00 - 26 October, 2014
  • Translated by Nico Saieh
The Hedonist / Nuno Pimenta + Frederico Martins
The Hedonist / Nuno Pimenta + Frederico Martins, © Nuno Pimenta
© Nuno Pimenta

© Nuno Pimenta © Nuno Pimenta © Nuno Pimenta © Nuno Pimenta + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Neckarspitze, 68159 Mannheim, Germany
  • Authors

    Nuno Pimenta, Frederico Martins
  • Project Team

    Frederico Martins, Miguel C. Tavares, Nuno Pimenta, Ricardo Leal, Rui M. Vieira
  • Project Area

    14.4 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Nuno Pimenta
© Nuno Pimenta

‘The Hedonist’ was selected to be one of ‘Hotel ShabbyShabby’ rooms for Theather der Welt in Mannheim – the most influential theater festival in Germany.

‘Hotel ShabbyShabby’ was curated by Raumlaborberlin in partnership with the festival and consisted on the design and construction of 20 temporary hotel rooms located in unexpected public spaces of Mannheim that should provide a unique experience to their guests. These rooms should be built only with recycled, reused or recyclable materials and should not exceed the budget of 250€.

© Nuno Pimenta
© Nuno Pimenta

All the rooms were built in a workshop and construction camp right in front of the National Theatre of Mannheim and then transported to their respective sites.

‘The Hedonist’ was located at Neckarspitze, the exact place where the river Rhine and Neckar converge, a place with incredible 360º views that combine idyllic nature with industrial night lights and big ships passing by. 

© Nuno Pimenta
© Nuno Pimenta

Just like the apparent spatial paradox of this site, the definition of Hedonism has two opposing but somehow complementary interpretations: Whilst philosophically associated with supreme pleasure and happiness in human life, its popular sense may be pejorative and related with the selfish pursuit of momentary gratification and lust.

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Diagram

‘The Hedonist’ translates this dichotomy by being a transformative room; it adapts itself to the user, his interpretation of happiness or simply to a transitory state of mind, whether it means waking up with a beautiful panoramic view of a natural landscape or having a hot one night stand. It offers the pleasure of being alone or the joy of showing off, the delight of a warmth bed or the relish of a joint venture.

© Nuno Pimenta
© Nuno Pimenta

Its transparency combined with the use of the red light, as hints of obscure joys, may be hidden or emphasized by the user, as the translucent white curtain reveal or conceal the room’s interior, depending on the intensity of light (day or night, artificial lights on or off). The repetition of vertical elements, as well as the component’s gradual layering towards the center suggest archetypes of visual harmony, human cult, craftmanship and tectonicity... this time around with contemporary humble materials.

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Diagram

‘The Hedonist’ thus reflects the good or the evil, the white or red, the opacity or the transparency, the shyness or the exhibitionism. It is a room where you can bring all of this inside or proudly show it to the outside.

The room was fully booked for the duration of the festival even before its construction completion.

The Hedonist / Nuno Pimenta + Frederico Martins, © Nuno Pimenta
© Nuno Pimenta
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "The Hedonist / Nuno Pimenta + Frederico Martins" [The Hedonist / Nuno Pimenta + Frederico Martins] 26 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. (Trans. Saieh, Nico) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/558978/the-hedonist-nuno-pimenta-frederico-martins/> ISSN 0719-8884
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