tatzu nishi constructs temporary belltower hotel in ghent tatzu nishi constructs temporary belltower hotel in ghent
jun 06, 2012

tatzu nishi constructs temporary belltower hotel in ghent

tazu rous, also known as tatzu nishi, has developed ‘hotel ghent’, a temporary structure surrounding the clock face of the belltower belonging to ghent’s sint-pieters train station. in this spatial encounter, the circa 1912 clock belonging to the bustling transit stop has been built into the center of a small rectangular room by the japanese-born and berlin-based artist as a relaxed setting for an up-close interaction with the previously inaccessible structure. for ‘hotel ghent’, rous created the room to function as both a private hotel suite in the evenings and stopping point for visitors of TRACK: a contemporary city conversation between the hours of 12:00 (noon) and 18:00 (6pm). 

tatzu nishi hotel ghent
the sint-pieters clock face is located in the very center of the room
image © city of ghent – department of communications via (main image courtesy of TRACK)

 

 

to access the work, guests of tatzu nishi’s installation must climb approximately 75.5 feet (23 meters) above the ground on scaffold-comprised stairs to view the the bustling streets of this city, located in the flemish region of the country. the reinforced platform has been built atop an elaborate metalwork support system which scales the sides of the belltower, resulting in the enclosed rectangular installation. while hotel guest must book online in advance, visitors to ‘hotel ghent’ may come face to face with the clockface of the city’s main train station by purchasing a track-ride ticket. ghent’s intervention project, TRACK, officially ends on september 16th, 2012.

tatzu nishi hotel ghent
a joined perspective picturing a corner of the clock, looking into either side of the small room
image courtesy of TRACK

tatzu nishi hotel ghent
black tile on the floor of the bathroom region of the work indicates the artist’s name
image courtesy of TRACK

tatzu nishi hotel ghent
additional view of the bathtub and view belonging to ‘hotel ghent’
image © city of ghent – department of communications via

tatzu nishi hotel ghent
the work is held upright around the clock by a network of reinforced scaffolding
image courtesy of TRACK

tatzu nishi hotel ghent
alternate view of the perched hotel
image © city of ghent – department of communications via


a perspective picturing sint-pieters station before rous’ installation
image by dirk pauwels via take art easy!

tatzu nishi hotel ghent
a conceptual drawing of the installation over a photograph of the location
image © tatzu rous via take art easy!

tatzu nishi hotel ghent
conceptual sketch of ‘hotel ghent’
image © tatzu rous via take art easy!

tatzu nishi hotel ghent
hotel ghent’s website indicates the hotel may be accessed most easily by train

tatzu nishi hotel ghent
a still from the website of hotel ghent indicating no vacancy

  • Ok – but Tick-tack breaks the sleep 😉

    burk says:
  • TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK …

    (sleep well)

    dbkii says:
  • Imagine the bell going off in the middle of the night!!! BOOOOONNNNG – BOOOOONNNNG – BOOOOONNNNG
    😮

    sigh says:
  • this would have been pretty awesome for allnighters in university…

    suz says:
  • forget the ticks and tocks. Look how it destroys the landscape.

    morteza says:

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