SEAMUS NOLAN - Hotel Ballymun

From 23 Mar - 18 Apr 2007 the top floor of the Clarke Tower, one of the last remaining tower blocks in Ballymun, Dublin, will open its doors to the public in the form of a unique short stay hotel. Artist Seamus Nolan was commissioned by Breaking Ground, the Ballymun Regeneration per cent for art scheme, to undertake a new work in this changing suburb of Dublin. Nolan, who developed and researched his project locally for the past twelve months, has enlisted the help and support of Ballymun's vibrant network of community groups and is working collaboratively towards the conversion of the former flats into short-stay hotel rooms. Hotel Ballymun will also feature an eclectic programme of art, music, seminars and social events, curated by the artist.

Hotel Ballymun re-considers the utopian architecture of 1960s Ballymun and encourages the practice of salvaging and re-imagining objects, spaces and resources from the past, which can be re-used inventively to meet contemporary needs. The result, though minimalist and economic in its aesthetic, will be resonant with character and unexpected interventions - in contrast to many of today’s new apartment blocks and hotels.

A diverse programme of cultural and social events will take place in the Hotel. Yoga, beauty treatments, talks, live art and music performances will take place at the Hotel throughout the day and in the evenings. From 2 - 5pm daily there will also a chance for the general public to take the lift up to view Hotel Ballymun. Guests at Hotel Ballymun will be able to appreciate the spectacular views over Dublin, just weeks before these views cease to exist. Clarke Tower is due for demolition in Spring 2007.

In addition to the nine individually designed, single and double bedrooms there will be a garden room, a tv lounge, communal kitchens, reception area, breakfast and seating area, as well as an intimate conference and events centre. The rooms will be furnished with one-off pieces, customised and remodelled from existing furniture, which have been designed and made by people from the Ballymun area, during a two month series of workshops with Irish design duo Sticks and recent RCA graduate Jonathan Legge.

Booking is essential and can be done via the website, admission can not be permitted without a reservation.