Leaving The Comfort Zone With Ton Matton
On the next pages some important work from the workshop with artist and urban planer Ton Matton will be shown. The workshop was dedicated in general to carrying out and realizing a central element of the Hotel in a 1:1 scale. And the goal was the construction of an individual cell, as the prototype of a hotel room. But it turned out differently and became much more than this. We created a socio-environmental critical model of the whole Hotel in a 1:1 scale. At the end we performed the movie "The Broad Welfare Hotel" where all the work of the workshop played a role and the model became the stage.
After his study of cityplanning at the Delft Technical University (1991) Ton Matton started the Schie 2.0 office in Rotterdam, focussing on urban and environmental design, looking for transformations of autarkic architectural moments. Schie 2.0 was part of the Dutch designgroup of the nineties, which worked on themes of amnesty for the build reality, experimentally, emphatically explaining the problems of planning and city-design. The strongest projects are those where Matton, by changing the point of view on a situation, also changed the way of looking towards this situation; de facto you have to consider this as a design... 1
"Be aware, he is always hijacking when he comes..."
Having Ton Matton in a workshop means, it is unclear what will happen until Ton is there. We never thought we will end up acting in a movie about the "Guilt-Free Hotel", or like he called it the "Broad Welfare Hotel“. As we struggled a little bit by explaining our idea of a High-Class-Low-Budged-Hotel, he changed our point of view and invented the "Broad Welfare Hotel“. From this point, several projects have been developed, where students try to find concrete solutions for the Wilhelmsburg Hotel. Actually it was not important that everything works, important was the idea behind it. Because it was the first of four workshops which supported the project. At each workshop new people joined. New people = new ideas! To focus the development of the hotel and not always to start from scratch, Ton said the ideas must survive. And the stronger the idea, the more likely they would be picked up and developed by others. Some of the ideas that were developed were strong enough to be taken over by other participants in the process of the project in the next workshops. An example is the storyteller idea of Ana Rosa and Valeria who interviewed people in the neighborhood for stories. These stories inspired participants of the next workshop, who tried to transfer them into architecture (see on the next pages).