Antony Gormley creates a giant metal
sculpture you can sleep in


News: British sculptor Antony Gormley has added a crouched figure containing a guest suite to the facade of a London hotel.

Gormley's giant anthropomorphic ROOM sculpture is made up of rectangular blocks that form a shape of a man crouched with his arms around his needs.

The hollow figure sits on a section of flat roof at the new Beaumont Hotel in Mayfair. The space inside measures just four square metres, with a 10-metre-high ceiling and a small window positioned between the legs of the sculpture. Guests will be able to stay in the room for £2,500 per night when the hotel opens later this year.

"I take the body as our primary habitat," said Gormley in a statement. "ROOM contrasts a visible exterior of a body formed from large rectangular masses with an inner experience."

Antony Gormley creates hotel room inside giant man sculpture

"Shutters over the window provide total blackout and very subliminal levels of light allow me to sculpt darkness itself," Gormley added. "My ambition for this work is that it should confront the monumental with the most personal, intimate experience."

The Beaumont is the first hotel venture for restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, and is due to open in the autumn.

Another of Antony Gormley's sculptures appears to guard the entrance to his own galvanised steel workshop, designed by London architects Carmody Groarke.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Plans would be great.

  • I’d like to see some interior shots before making judgement, but the potential for play between solid and void that could have existed in such a form seems to have been lost, here.

    The central window looks very apologetic, almost domestic, as a result a strange and slightly uncomfortable mix of the bold and the conservative.

  • Ajustor2

    Was passing that way today so went to look. Sadly it looks terrible. But at £2,500 per night, the interior is surely superb.

  • Guest

    Transformers Go! It looks like it’s just about to get up and save the world.

  • Chris Palkowitsch

    It reminds me of a modern day Frank Furness design. The scale and the proportions seems deliberately out of scale. This is more chaotic than one of Furness’s designs. This lacks a level of refinement to me.

  • The Ionic order in the foreground is more interesting.