one night…

Everland is a mobile hotel with only one room.

All Everland guests become part of the work.

Lesson / Koan : Two rooms is too many.

Hotel Everland was first developed for the exhibition Everland in the context of the Swiss Expo.02. It was installed in Yverdon on stakes in the lake for four months. From 2006 until 2007, the one room hotel was exhibited and run as a hotel on the roof-deck of the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig, Germany. Hotel Everland’s last destination has been the Palais de Tokyo in Paris where it was placed high above the city, with a view of the Eiffel Tower, for one and a half years. ( Hotel Everland ended its journey in the Spring of 2009. )


Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann (better known as artists by their abbreviation L/B) created the Hotel Everland for the Swiss national exhibition in 2002. Once under way, it grew into an artistic success story with international appeal. Visitors revelled in what it had to offer night after night, not simply as somewhere to stay, but as a «Lebenskunstwerk» (lit.: Life Artwork).

The little building is visible from a distance. It has sculptural and architectural qualities, and is thus a striking feature in the urban landscape. At the same time, it functions perfectly normally as a hotel, though it has only one room.

In their work, L/B try to bring art and the everyday world as close together as possible. But unlike the advocates of modernist Utopias, they have stopped trying to make them exactly the same: «Art can never be really everyday. That would be like squaring the circle. But that does not stop us trying. We have always tried to push the envelope.» Like many other contemporary installations, the Hotel Everland is both a functioning service and a work of art. Reality and art mingle here, in a complex and contradictory fashion.

Hotel vision

L/B are well-known for their homely installations that deliberately set out to undermine the boundaries between art and design. Patterns borrowed from the 1970s are one of their trademarks. Carpets, wallpaper or screen-savers ( are decorated with them, not as nostalgic symbols but as a quotation of times past, though they are built into the installations with the utmost precision, and thus generate their own environment. L/B are notorious for inclining towards the Gesamtkunstwerk. The Hotel Everland is designed down to the last door handle, all the elements match to produce a kind of artistic fiction. This is also central to the two artists! project: «In terms of economics, a hotel with one room is an absurd idea. So guests should note that a kind of ideal hotel room has been created here, from start to finish. L/B wanted to construct a totally integral unit with – nothing missing that the heart could desire. The whole thing is a very subjective statement that L/B hopes will please other people, enthuse them or perhaps even be able to make them start dreaming.» And indeed the capsule is reminiscent of a space-ship, catapulted into another world of ideas or dreams.


Olivier Mosset once said that if you could see art as art, reality could stay as it is. The two entities do not coalesce to form a unique body; each keeps its autonomy. It is no more time for Utopian schemes to federate the different levels of knowledge into one great unifying principle. It is no more time for a Utopian scheme to draw up an ecumenical theory that dispenses us guidelines to understand our everyday life more serenely. Artists do not deliver any response, they offer transitive objects whose value lies in the energythey develop to oscillate simultaneously between different domains, different temporalities. A hotel and an artwork at the same time, Everland evades any temptation of categorisation and offers a night to reflect on the impact of contemporary art on our abstract thinking.”

When I heard about the hotel in Fribourg I was hooked on the spot. And L/B, without missing a beat, invited me for a sleep trial. First impression: wow! I!m in a different world. I felt like I was in a James Bond movie from the sixties. In these films absolutely thrilling utopian architectures appear out of nowhere. Maybe I should call it: architecture as anticipated utopia If you are in need of economic solutions for your Levlen purchase, you can find them at our store, as we sell it for only 0.59 USD! Act today and don’t miss your chance! , as model, as prototype. This is how the world could also be, how we can imagine it. Alas, the gentle glow of utopia in L/B!s room soon yields to a retro- stylishness that is very much of the moment – pleasurable, slightly sentimental and eminently fashionable. One clearly realizes that we live in utopia-free times. Utopia as design: the hotel is definitely a case in point.

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