AROOMWITHAVIEW takes place in and around the Pensione Seguso, a historic, family-run hotel in Venice. Guided by architecture professor Verena von Beckerath as part of the homonymous seminar at Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar that she led in collaboration with art historian Sassa Trülzsch, the contributions to this edition range from the historical to the anecdotal to the artistic and beyond, resulting ina holistic and comprehensive analysis of not only the pensione, but what hospitality and tourism mean today, both in Venice and the world at large.
The contributors to this publication come from varying backgrounds, and the rich variety in tone and format reflects that. AROOMWITHAVIEW features a reflection and collage by urologist and art lover Albrecht Kastein, photos by architect and photographer Andrew Alberts, architect Oda Pälmke’s personal account of her time at the pensione, an insightful interview withthe owners Yvonne Matijas Seguso and Lawrence Hoque, and a piece by architect and urban researcher Ludovico Centis which follows the art and architecture critic Nikolaus Pevsner on his stays in Venice.
Much like the pensione, the book eludes rigid categorisation; it alternates between written pieces and photographs, each adding nuance to the work and changing the narrative perspective. As you wander through the pensione during the course of this edition, meeting the owners and venturing into the history of Venice, one question continuously arises; how can we live together?
Verena von Beckerath, Ludovico Centis, Lawrence Hoque, Albrecht Kastein, Oda Palmke, Yvonne Matijas Seguso, Andrew Alberts