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Hotel Made of Plastic Cards, New York, USA

Man is an embodied paradox: either he tends to a luxury, or to a simple and ordinary, but definitely, the greatest source of pleasure is variety, and, I think, it is fully appropriate and justified to try everything in this life. An eccentric artist Brian Berg, perhaps led by a thesis that all ingenious is simple, built a unique hotel in the world made of 200.000 plastic cards. He had already managed to enter the Guinness Records book in 1992 at the age of 17 when he built the highest building from cards (8m).

This small hotel, located in the South Street Seaport in New York, was 37 square meters and weights 1814kg. The unique hotel was opened in September 17, 2009 under «Holiday Inn» Hotel Chain Company’s promotion and worked only for 5 days. An unusual building material was magnetic key cards that open hotel room’s electronic locks. Funny hotel consisted of a bedroom, bathroom, guest’s room and a corridor. All the apartments of the hotel from cards were equipped with furniture (sofa, bed), wardrobe, kitchen table, a fireplace, a toilet, all from the same material and arranged in size. The internal design was made completely in green and white to inspire freshness and comfort.

Berg turns out to be a real master, a craftsman in whose hands anything simple turns into a brilliant work of art.

By Lilit Khalatyan,



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