Pimenta . Tavares de Pinho

The Hedonist


Nuno Pimenta . Frederico Tavares de Pinho . photos: © Miguel C. Tavares . © Rui M. Vieira . © Nuno Pimenta

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.


















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 360º view of a natural landscape or having a hot ‘one night stand’. It 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.
Pallets, steel props, wood beams, transparent corrugated fiberglass sheet, curtains, steel cable, flashlights.
3 x 4.80 x 2.80m

THE HEDONIST was selected to be one of Hotel Shabby Shabby rooms for Theather der Welt in Mannheim – the most influential theater festival in Germany.
Hotel Shabby Shabby was curated by Raumlaborberlin in partnership with the festival and consisted on the design and construction of 20 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€.
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 nature with industrial night lights and big ships passing by. The room was fully booked for the duration of the festival even before its construction completion.

Pallets, steel props, wood beams, transparent corrugated fiberglass sheet, curtains, steel cable, flashlights.
3 x 4.80 x 2.80m

Authors:
Nuno Pimenta
Frederico Martins
Construction team:
Frederico Martins
Miguel C. Tavares
Nuno Pimenta
Ricardo Leal
Rui M. Vieira
Location:
Neckarspitze, Mannheim - Germany
Photography:
Miguel C. Tavares and Rui M. Vieira
Nuno Pimenta
Credits
Sam Boche
Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius
Celine Mentzel


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