Stay Inside Sculpture Art in London

  • London's The Beaumont offers a unique room.

    London's The Beaumont offers a unique room.

  • Antony Gormley's cubist rendition of The Thinker doubles as a hotel stay.

    Antony Gormley's cubist rendition of The Thinker doubles as a hotel stay.

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Crouching on the side of The Beaumont (Brown Hart Gardens; 44-20/7499-1001; The Beaumont; doubles from US$510) in London’s Mayfair district is a pile of stainless-steel cubes arranged into a figure, something like a Lego rendition of Rodin’s The Thinker. In actuality, it’s a three-level inhabitable sculpture by Antony Gormley called Room. Opening this autumn as renowned restaurateurs Corbin & King’s first hotel, the Beaumont’s other 72 guest rooms are bespoke and elegant, and so is the suite’s first level, a sitting room hung with Gormley’s works adjoined to a marble bathroom. But up some steps, the Turner Prize–winning artist designed the bedroom in monastic sparseness: oak-paneled cubes hang from the sculpture’s head down into the four-square-meter space, with only one window and a single piece of furniture—the bed. Room doesn’t come cheap, but anyone can view it on its vacant days. –Chris Kirkpatrick

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2014 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Body of Work”)

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