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 The Artsy Chambers Hotel Opens in Downtown Minneapolis; 
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten Unwraps the Chambers Kitchen
Berlin, 19 September 2006 - In the new Chambers, the American Twin Cities have at last acquired their first design hotel -- and one that is adding momentum to the cities' already explosive creative scene. Showcasing museum-quality contemporary art throughout dynamic spaces for both casual get-togethers and formal affairs, the hotel promises to become a favourite with the local creative scene as well as visiting art enthusiasts.

Architect David Rockwell's minimalist design aesthetic -- a daring update joining two early 20th-century buildings with a four-storey glass corridor -- creates a perfect backdrop to almost 250 original artworks including installations by stellar Young British Artists Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Angus Fairhurst and Sam Taylor-Wood. 

Video installations are integrated in the hotel's corridors which lead to the 45 guestrooms and 15 suites. These are modern and minimalist, yet lavish with detail and quality. Oversize bathrooms feature rain showers, heated floors, LCD televisions and Italian glass tiles. All suites have "rain-sky" showers -- three curtains of illuminated rain -- in addition to deep soaking tubs. Several of the rooms have their own private balconies and each has its own original art.

Like its sister hotel in New York, Chambers extends the high calibre of art and design to the area of gastronomy with one of the world's best-known chefs, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. At Chambers Kitchen, legendary restaurateur Jean-Georges' inventive dishes are complemented by dramatic artworks to create a stimulating experience. Chambers continues the high standards of its New York counterpart for exemplary personal service, a relaxed yet sophisticated environment and attention to detail. 

As the luxury arts hotel of the Twin Cities, Chambers is ideally positioned to benefit from several of the city's most celebrated theatres and museums, including the Guthrie Theater, the Walker Art Center, the Weisman Art Museum and The Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. 

The Twin Cities' (Minneapolis-St. Paul) art scene is exploding. In the next year, Minneapolis -- a metro area of three million people -- will unveil a half-billion dollars in new arts infrastructure designed by such notable talents as Frank Gehry, Cesar Pelli, Michael Graves and Herzog & de Meuron.

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Also See: Ira Drukier A Partner in Minneapolis' Chambers Hotel Project; Rockwell Group Designing the Boutique Hotel on Site of Former Fairmont Hotel Building / September 2004

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