An Otherworldly Escape in Switzerland

Zurich's Kameha Grand Hotel unveils a unique Space Suite...

Those staying in the Kameha Grand’s “Space Suite” may feel more like crew members of a spaceship than they do guests of a hotel, as they are completely immersed in an otherworldly experience with a “zero-gravity” bed, steam bath with views of planet earth, rocket inspired spot lights, and more. 

Upon entering the Michael Najjar-designed Space Suite, an automated voice (inspired by John Carpenter’s science fiction film Dark Star) welcomes the crew, confirms their identity and offers handling instructions for the suite. As Michael Najjar, the designer of the suite, will be the first contemporary artist in space, as one of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Pioneer Astronauts, there was no better person for the job.

Hi-res images from the Hubble Space Telescope have been stitched together to create a new universe which covers the floor of the suite. Bringing in Najjar’s abstract flair, the Hubble Space images are then inverted – space is white, stars are black. Other quirky features include a space glove where crew members can place their phones or key cards, and a collection of exclusive novels, films and audiobooks about space travel. 

The bedroom or “sleeping module” is covered by a semi-transparent foil which blocks visibility to the outside but allows light to enter, reflecting text from the famous HAL 9000 computer in Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The bed is designed  to appear as though it is floating and the mattress is a black rectangle to reflect the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The sleeping module also features a bookshelf of exclusive non-fiction and science fiction novels handpicked by Najjar himself. 

The Space Suite perfectly aligns with the “where fantasy meets reality” experience that is found throughout the Kameha Grand.

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