"Home away from home"

Old Jewish resort, Gossinger's and our one very special guest, Bobby Fischer are the protagonists of this project, including iconic places in this resort like his room #302 in Jennie G building, indoor swimming pool, steam room, etc. - not as clichés, but as a reconstructed reality. Detailed maps and photos in given locations offer a previously non-existent overview of spatial contexts and form the basis for an intensive exploration of architecture and its memory.

The concept of the “building without a future”, meaning Grossinger's in its heyday between 1910 and 1980, but now completely ruined. The project attempts to maintain its memory in the film or through a next American hero out of which it will rearise.

This architectural analysis based on reminiscence does not only attempts to nostalgically reactivate Grossinger's, but also uses this ruin as a vehicle to critique the contemporary phenomenon of an "American ruin" and reinvent the historical significance of the given site. The link between architecture and persona (Bobby Fischer) and their memories, and the role of film set design and new event, 2015 American Chess Championship in reconstructing these forgotten spaces—The strange transient guest who frequented the hotel, became a symbol that embodied the significance of Grossinger's. His memory was trapped in the life and death of this Hotel G.

Bobby Fischer

Robert James "Bobby" Fischer, March 9, 1943 - January 17, 2008
He was an American chess prodigy, grandmaster, and the eleventh World Chess Champion. Many consider him the greatest chess player of all time.

On the wall

Check In : February 12, 1972
Check Out : June 13, 1972

Indoor Pool


Hotel G

Tatlin Tower



Hotel 1/2 Plan