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Hostel for Artist, Zion National Park, Utah by Kalbod Studio

Project name:
Hostel for Artist
Architecture firm:
Kalbod Studio
Zion National Park, Utah, USA
Tools used:
Rhinoceros 3D, Lumion, Adobe Photoshop
Principal architect:
Mohamad Rahimizadeh
Design team:
Shaghayegh Nemati, Parnian Hasanpour
Sara Rajabi
Built area:
1500 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Concept - Design
Hospitality › Hostel, Futuristic Architecture

I am an artist, I still feel my firm presence in the sky. I am alive and my soul is moving, beyond the surface of the earth in a layer above the layer of the dead city. I go where I create, freely and recklessly. I am going to where my roots are, between the skys and everything that is born of my mind, is suspended from the place of my creation.
I will release and from now, life will flow somewhere outside the earth ...

In order to explain this issue, Bryce Canyon National Park in the Utah region of the United States, has been selected. This nature in itself has high and narrow mountain ranges like giraffe legs and at the top of the peaks there are large rocks that are born from their bed, as awe-inspiring. We have taken these artists to the heart of these powers suspended in the sky so that they can freely and recklessly inspire and createSalvador Dali

Kalbod Studio: The main concept of the design is inspired by one of the masterpieces of the famous 20th century surrealist painter, Salvador Dali, called the Rhino. The Surrealist artists sought to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of the imagination.

Disdaining rationalism and literary realism, and powerfully influenced by psychoanalysis, the Surrealists believed the rational mind repressed the power of the imagination.

Design Brief

The idea of design is both a metaphor for the concept of the work, a concept that the painter has seen in his work, and a metaphor for the visual form that he has used in his painting. In Dolly’s opinion, the rhino is a prominent, remarkable animal and a symbol of roughness, strength and power.

The rhino carries a space inside itself and a human on its back that is a symbol of absolute power. Although the force is brought from the earth, it moves on the giraffe-like thin legs in the sky. in the upper spheres one can see the mere power, the absolute power of God, symbolized by the light of truth shining through the clouds.

The place we’ve seen for artists is a place that is uprooted and suspended in the sky. We have given the same power to the artist that Dali has seen for the rhino. The power that is created by weightlessness and releasing the artist's creations, and as a result, the creation of his mind. As Dolly knew the rhino horn was born and created from it.

Artists are powerful because they create an artwork of the subconscious mind and add value to the world. Another issue that attracts attention in this dolly work is the space to see the structure of the rhino and the place it has seen for free human beings.


There is an inevitable rotation in the area which visitors should experience.
This journey comes to its end where it has just been started, in every single moment you are in different hight than you were a moment ago or even a moment later.
Ups and downs all over the journey, completely like what "LIFE" looks like.

Group Room

there should be a place where artists come together in different fields to show their art. Different arts, like chain, are interconnected and inspire each other.


The whole area has been divided to 3 main parts by 2 rigid diagonal slabs crossing all along the area to emphasize on the path.
While moving ahead, some disordered adventuresome wholes on the slabs mentioned make us much more curious to find out whatever is going on beyond them.

Paint Room

By using some pure masses in this place, it is simply reminding us of "CUDISM STYLE" in which it is playing with pure geometry to create an attractive combination.
In the continuation of this point of view, the pure masses have been positioned by moving in every 3 axis toward one another to present different view to the artist in order to pass or pause for a second.

Music Room

In this area, there have been defined some stages which the musician depending on the mood can choose to play on. Meanwhile with the favor of using some transparent partitions, the visual connection is flowing all over the studio. Transparent thin partition like a soft delicate cloth with free movement guides artist through stages.

By Liliana Alvarez

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