The Null Stern is a concept hotel by artistic entrepreneur brothers, Frank and Patrik Riklin. It ran for one year from 2009 to 2010 before being turned into a museum. ‘Null Stern’ means ‘no stars’. This does not mean it is crummy, far from it. The name is meant as subversion and commentary on the super-trendy, over-styled hotels currently in vogue all over the world. The tagline says, ‘the only star is you’ which draws attention to you as a guest and also as a participant in this live work of art.
It is located in a disused Swiss nuclear bunker with two-foot thick blast-proof walls and doors. And if this sounds a bit extreme, lucky there is a 24-hour butler to cater to your needs and serve morning coffee. Within three months of operating, this former fallout shelter was nominated for a World Hospitality Award. Unfortunately, Null Stern closed as a hotel for good in 2010 remaining open as a museum only. But there are plans to open up similar projects in disused urban spaces all over the world. Watch this space.