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Boutique Hotel Room Was Built Around a Statue and Fountain

Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi's body of work—which mainly involves kerplunking hotels and living rooms atop public architecture—has always looked like an ongoing series of beautifully executed pranks, and this latest Helsinki, Finland, project is no exception. Called Hotel Manta, the installation is comprised of one boutique-y suite raised up and built around a 1906 bronze sculpture in a busy city square. The statue part pokes right up though the double bed—"couples staying at the temporary hotel partake in a ménage à trois with a historic statue" quips sassy Dezeen—while the rest of the toile-printed space offers a sweet writing desk and a sitting room, all inconspicuously just a few feet above the fountain below.

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