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Source text in English

We're accustomed to glamour in London SE26: Kelly Brook and Jason Statham used to live above the dentist. But when Anouska Hempel's heels hit the cracked cement of the parking space outside my flat, it's hard not to think of those Picture Post photographs of royalty visiting bombed-out families during the second world war. Her mission in my modest tract of suburbia is, however, about more than offering sympathy. Hempel—the woman who invented the boutique hotel before it bore any such proprietary name—has come to give me information for which, judging by the spreads in interiors magazines and anxious postings on online DIY forums, half the property-owners in the Western world seem desperate: how to give an ordinary home the look and the vibe of a five-star, £750-a-night hotel suite. To Hem­pelise, in this case, a modest conversion flat formed from the middle slice of a three-storey Victorian semi.

"You could do it," she says, casting an eye around my kitchen. "Anyone could do it. Absolutely no reason why not. But there has to be continuity between the rooms. A single idea must be followed through." She looks out wistfully over the fire escape. "And you'd have to buy the house next door, of course." That's a joke. I think.

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It's worth pausing, though, to consider the oddness of this impulse. The hotel room is an amnesiac space. We would be troubled if it bore any sign of a previous occupant, particularly as many of us go to hotels in order to do things we would not do at home. We expect a hotel room to be cleaned as thoroughly as if a corpse had just been hauled from the bed. (In some cases, this will actually have happened.) The domestic interior embodies the opposite idea: it is a repository of memories. The story of its inhabitants ought to be there in the photos on the mantelpiece, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves. If hotel rooms were people, they would be smiling lobotomy patients or plausible psychopaths.

The winning entry has been announced in this pair.

There were 22 entries submitted in this pair during the submission phase, 7 of which were selected by peers to advance to the finals round. The winning entry was determined based on finals round voting by peers.

Competition in this pair is now closed.


Entries (22 total; 7 finalists) Expand all entries

Entry #13441 — Discuss 0
Winner
Voting points1st2nd3rd
11018 x411 x216 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry3.363.57 (7 ratings)3.14 (7 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 5 users entered 18 "like" tags
  • 7 users agreed with "likes" (7 total agrees)
  • 4 users disagreed with "likes" (4 total disagrees)
London-Sydenham
Good term selection
arwen2765
+1
hatten hier mal
Flows well
Judith Matz
-1
+2
3
bescheidenen Vorstadtwinkel
Flows well
Judith Matz
+1
Bekundung von Anteilnahme
Flows well
gut getrof​fen
Renate Hessler
Immobilienbesitzer der westlichen Hemisphäre
Flows well
Renate Hessler
Das schaffen Sie
Flows well
Petra Stephens
umsieht
Flows well
Renate Hessler
Es gibt überhaupt keinen Grund, warum es nicht gehen sollte
Flows well
Funny choi​ce of word​s. Reminds​ me of Lor​iot.
Petra Stephens
-2
1
wehmütig
Good term selection
Johanna Timm, PhD
Ich vermute, dass das ein Scherz sein soll.
Flows well
Renate Hessler
Verrücktheit
Good term selection
Renate Hessler
+1
Amnesie
Good term selection
Petra Stephens
unangenehm,
Good term selection
Renate Hessler
was manchmal vielleicht wirklich der Fall war)
Flows well
Renate Hessler
Sie speichert die Geschichte
Good term selection
Johanna Timm, PhD
grinsende
Good term selection
Petra Stephens
-1
+1
1
waschechte Psychopathen.
Good term selection
Johanna Timm, PhD
Entry #13172 — Discuss 0
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
10821 x48 x28 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry3.263.14 (7 ratings)3.38 (8 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 7 users entered 7 "like" tags
  • 13 users agreed with "likes" (19 total agrees)
bescheidenen Stadtrandwohnung
Flows well
"Stadtrand​" preferre​d over "Vo​rstadt"; i​s a better​ match for​ the geogr​aphy of Lo​ndon.
Sandra W
+10
3
die Frau, die das Boutique-Hotel erfunden hat, bevor es überhaupt einen Namen dafür gab
Flows well
Judith Matz
, in meinem Fall
Good term selection
Heike Behl, Ph.D.
+5
1
aufhempelt
Good term selection
My favorit​e for "hem​pelize"!
Dr. Cornelia Schmutzler
+2
Sie scherzt. Glaube ich.
Flows well
Andrea Flaßbeck (X)
+1
Raum ohne Gedächtnis.
Good term selection
Johanna Timm, PhD
+1
Die sich in Fotos auf dem Kaminsims, Bildern an der Wand und Büchern auf den Regalen spiegelnde Geschichte
Flows well
Vesna Podvorec Huric
Entry #13588 — Discuss 0
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
8912 x416 x29 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry3.263.13 (8 ratings)3.38 (8 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 6 users entered 10 "like" tags
  • 6 users agreed with "likes" (10 total agrees)
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
+1
ist bei uns im Londoner Bezirk SE26 nichts Neues
Flows well
Johanna Timm, PhD
+1
rissigen
Good term selection
Johanna Timm, PhD
Einsatz
Good term selection
Petra Stephens
bescheidenen Vorortgegend
Flows well
Vesna Podvorec Huric
,
Flows well
sehr gut
Roland Nienerza
+1
eifriger
Good term selection
Petra Stephens
-1
1
nach Hempels Grundsätzen
Flows well
Eva I.
+5
1
Versonnen
Good term selection
Judith Matz
+1
ein Raum ohne Gedächtnis
Good term selection
Johanna Timm, PhD
+1
gehievt
Good term selection
Johanna Timm, PhD
Entry #13784 — Discuss 0
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
478 x45 x25 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry3.253.25 (8 ratings)3.25 (8 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 5 users entered 18 "like" tags
  • 6 users agreed with "likes" (7 total agrees)
  • 5 users disagreed with "likes" (8 total disagrees)
+1
über den rissigen Beton
Good term selection
Johanna Timm, PhD
klappern
Good term selection
Petra Stephens
+1
bevor es zu einer Marke wurde
Good term selection
Johanna Timm, PhD
-1
1
Fotostrecken
Good term selection
Johanna Timm, PhD
-1
+1
1
bangen Fragen
Good term selection
Johanna Timm, PhD
-2
+1
1
stinknormalen Haus
Flows well
Johanna Timm, PhD
lai
Good term selection
Ewelina Rockenbauer
Sprich:
Flows well
Johanna Timm, PhD
Es spricht absolut nichts dagegen.
Flows well
Johanna Timm, PhD
Da muss ein roter Faden durchgehen.”
Flows well
Johanna Timm, PhD
Witz
Good term selection
Barbara Wiebking
Dieser seltsame Gedanke ist jedoch ein Innehalten wert
Flows well
Johanna Timm, PhD
-2
amnesiekranker
Flows well
Johanna Timm, PhD
+1
verstört
Good term selection
Johanna Timm, PhD
+1
penibel
Good term selection
Johanna Timm, PhD
+1
gehievt
Good term selection
Erik Freitag
hievt
Good term selection
Erik Freitag
Entry #14050 — Discuss 0
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
446 x47 x26 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry3.253.25 (8 ratings)3.25 (8 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 7 users entered 14 "like" tags
  • 12 users agreed with "likes" (23 total agrees)
  • 2 users disagreed with "likes" (3 total disagrees)
-1
+6
2
im südöstlichen Londoner Stadtteil Sydenham
Other
Kann der L​eser so gu​t verorten​.
Judith Matz
+3
kein Fremdwort
Flows well
Judith Matz
-1
+4
1
Illustriertenfotos
Flows well
Judith Matz
Vorstadtwinkel
Good term selection
Andrea Flaßbeck (X)
+1
zu suchen
Flows well
sinnvolle ​Ergänzung,​ um das Ga​nze im Deu​tschen aus​zudrücken
Renate Hessler
+2
Optik und Flair
Good term selection
Renate Hessler
+3
während sie ihren Blick durch meine Küche schweifen lässt
Flows well
Andrea Flaßbeck (X)
Alles muss von einem einzigen Grundgedanken durchzogen sein.
Flows well
Michaela Müller
+3
1
Versonnen
Good term selection
Judith Matz
Witz
Good term selection
Barbara Wiebking
Es lohnt sich allerdings, innezuhalten und darüber nachzusinnen, wie merkwürdig doch dieser Impuls ist.
Flows well
Renate Hessler
+1
ein Ort ohne Gedächtnis
Good term selection
Johanna Timm, PhD
-1
1
Interieur
Good term selection
Carmen Grabs
erzählen
Flows well
Renate Hessler