Located in the center of Athens, the Periscope Hotel was completed on the year of the Olympic Games when 800 surveillance cameras were placed on the streets. The periscope was conceived as an urban surveillance apparatus.
It contains installations, designed in collaboration with artists and engineers, that allow the inhabitants of the hotel to survey the city in many ways. The central installation comprised of a surveillance camera placed on the roof, feeding a panoramic projection in the lobby. The camera was controlled by a custom designed joystick hat allowed hotel guests to pan, tilt and zoom the camera at will.
The Periscope Hotel is a refubrishment of a building that was constructed in the 1950s. It used to be a clinic and a hotel (called ‘the Athenian Inn’) before it was stripped down to its awkward concrete structure and refubrished in 2004. The re-design dealt with all aspects of the hotel including the furniture and fittings that were custom designed and constructed for the hotel.
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