- double room shared shower and toilet in the hallway
- room size 21 m2
- in the historical part of the building
- 3rd floor
- facing the street, openable window
- double bed 180 x 200 cm
- carpeted floor
Jörn Grothkopp (Bergen / Rügen)
With the construction of the Wall in 1961 the “S-bahn,” the Berlin commuter rail, was the only form of public transportation that traveled the East and West sides of the city and crossed the border. After being “cleared” by East German border police, the train departed from the Friedrichstrasse station and drove right past what is today the Art Luise Kunsthotel to the West—until 1989. Many East Berliners tried to flee to the West by jumping onto these speeding trains. Only a few were successful.
The transformation of room 305 into a S-bahn “lounge” with original furnishings from the 1960s is an attempt to make the mobile passenger cabin of this historical rail line, which once thundered past only 10 m away from the building, into a stationary living environment. The room includes four drawings, portraits of imaginary passengers.
For the traveling hotel guest, the space enhances the feeling of being “on the go.” A place for nomads. Or a prototype of a new residential trend: “S-bahn” living!
Born 1969 in Bergen / Rügen. 1992-97 studied painting at the HfBK Dresden, 1997-98 graduate fellowship of the Free State of Saxony, 1997-99 master student with Prof. Max Uhlig, 1999 France scholarship of the DFJW, 2001 VEAG - art prize.