Friday, 18 July 2014


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Stay on the Go: 13 Stackable, Movable Modular Hotel Designs
By Steph,
Web Urbanist, 16 July 2014.

These hotel rooms can be stacked on top of each other, swapped out for easy renovation and easily transported from one place to the next thanks to their modular design. From a shipping container hotel to floating hotel with detachable boat-like rooms, the 13 designs featured here are anything but stale and static.

1. Modular Bamboo Hotel

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Using cheap and highly renewable bamboo as a sort of scaffolding, the ‘One with the Birds’ modular hotel concept by Penda stacks pyramid-shaped volumes high into the sky while barely making a mark on the ground below. The low-impact, tent-themed hotels would be easy and quick to reproduce and expand as necessary.

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Inspired by Native American tipis, the structures use X-shaped bamboo joints to hold horizontal bamboo rods in place, which support the flooring. Joints would be tied together with rope so the whole structure can be disassembled and reused in other projects.

2. Bayside Marina Hotel

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Long, narrow two-story prefabricated cottages based on the form of the shipping container are grouped together along the seaside of Yokohama as the ‘Bayside Marina Hotel.’

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The containers are staggered along the site to give each residence a different view. The units are fabricated in Thailand and transported to Japan, where they’re assembled on-site.

3. Botel Floating Hotel with Detachable Rooms

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Ever wish you could detach your hotel room from the main building and move it somewhere else? With ‘Botel,’ not only can you do that, your hotel room is actually a boat.

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The concept by Ivan Filipovic enables guests to explore their surroundings autonomously while retaining access to all of the amenities provided by the core structure. Dock at the main part of the hotel to have dinner or go to a nightclub, or enjoy a little privacy in a separate area of the bay.

4. Shelf Hotel: Swappable Modules in a Frame

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What if hotel rooms of various sizes, shapes and levels of luxury could simply be swapped out like objects on a shelf?

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The Shelf Hotel by 3Gatti, envisioned for Xian, China, sets little removable modules within a framework raised above ground level to preserve green space below. The modules would consist of hotels as well as homes and offices.

5. CitizenM Hotels

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Now open in various cities around the world, including Amsterdam, Glasgow and London (pictured), CitizenM hotels provide affordable luxury by fitting compact yet comfortable rooms within a simple frame for an industrial, urban appearance.

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The shipping container-like rooms are stacked on top of each other like LEGOs and contain a king size bed, pod-like toilet, shower and sink as well as lighting and other functions controlled via iPad.

6. Capsule Hotel in Fukuoka, Japan

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Capsule hotels are among the most basic accommodations in the world that don’t involve sleeping outdoors. These tiny and highly economical spaces consist of little more than a twin-sized bed inside a small private space for a nightly rate of as little as US$20. Some offer TV and wireless internet.

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While some have been relatively successful, like the one in Fukuoka pictured top, the Nakagin Capsule Hotel in Shimbashi built in 1972 is now abandoned. Photographer and urban explorer Michael John Grist has lots of images of the decaying structure.

7. Sleepbox Hotel

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The first iteration of a Sleepbox Hotel shows just how versatile this concept can be, fitting portable sleeping capsules into an old building in Moscow. The modular hotel rooms were simply placed inside the pre-existing space to instantly transform the purpose of the building without requiring a lot of renovation.

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The four-story building is envisioned as a midpoint between a hotel and a hostel, with both 2-person and single-person units available. Each Sleepbox is mobile and simply requires a power source for lights and charging mobile devices. Lockers and bathrooms are located in a central common space.

8. Hypercubus

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This traveling hotel room is anything but boring, spurning the cube or rectangular-shaped standard for a more visually interesting off-kilter geometric form. Each unit can be equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, sleeping and living area and transported with ease on the back of a truck.

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Whenever hotels need extra rooms, they can simply order up a bunch - or travellers can order one and have it shipped to the location of their choice.

9. SkyVillage by MVRDV

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Another stackable concept consisting of individual units places hotel rooms, residences, retile and office space within a terraced frame that enables green spaces and views for most of the units.

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Each individual unit is envisioned as a ‘pixel’ within a constantly shifting and growing whole.

10. Modular MicroHotel

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The Modular Microhotel is a prefabricated module made up of ‘slices’ of an archetypal house shape, so the units can easily be expanded to any size.

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Additional square-shaped modules feature flaps that can open up or down to create terraces or porch roofs.

11. Snoozebox Portable Shipping Container Hotel

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Okay, so Snoozebox definitely isn’t the prettiest hotel in the world. Strikingly utilitarian with its stack of shipping containers and rooftop shades, the hotel leaves something to be desired from the outside in terms of visuals.

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But each individual room is surprisingly streamlined, and best of all, the whole thing is extremely easy to load up and transport to the next destination. Anywhere from 40 to 400 containers can be stacked together in virtually any location to create an instant pop-up hotel.

12. Drop Eco Hotel

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The DROP Eco-hotel consists of individual pods that can be ‘dropped’ almost anywhere, raised on wooden and steel elements to avoid contact with the soil.

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Spherical transparent enclosures on each end can be opened to the fresh air to put guests into direct contact with their surroundings.

13. Jenga-Like Hive-Inn

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The Jenga-like ‘Hive Inn’ is essentially a bunch of modified shipping containers plastered in bright graphic branding that slot into a towering metal frame. Each individual module is sponsored by a particular company and might contain a hotel room, an office or a store.

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The sponsoring brand designs the interior for a totally one-of-a-kind experience. A crane kept on site permanently makes it easy to swap out the containers as desired.

[Source: Web Urbanist. Edited.]

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