'Shipping container' hotel built

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'Shipping container' hotel built

Postby cubix » Wed Jan 09, 2008 10:20 pm

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'Shipping container' hotel built

Bedding down in a shipping container may not sound an enticing prospect - but it is exactly what guests at a new budget hotel can expect.
An eight-storey hotel is being built from 86 modified shipping container-like structures, stacked on top of each other and bolted together.

When complete in June, rooms at the new Travelodge in Uxbridge, west London, will cost £19 a night.

The chain said it may build up to half of its future hotels in this way.

The purpose-built containers are shipped from China with the bathrooms, plasterboard walls and electrical points already fitted.

Once installed at the construction site, the modules are decorated and furnished, and the exterior of the building is cladded.

Paul Harvey, director of property development for Travelodge, said: "Although it may not look like a hotel right now, the containers will be fitted out to include everything we offer in the rooms at a traditionally built hotel.

"You simply won't be able to tell the difference."

Travelodge said the container-style hotel was cheaper and faster to construct.

While a traditional 100-bed hotel cost the firm £5m to build, the new design cost about £4.5m, and could be built in 30 weeks, instead of 40.

Bosses said the design meant hotels could be built and later dismantled quickly, which could potentially "revolutionise" the accommodation offered at festivals and sporting events.

The steel containers could also be melted down and recycled, the firm said.

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Re: 'Shipping container' hotel built

Postby Alek Smart » Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:22 pm

Way to go......I see huge potential for this round Dartmouth Sq way.... :D :D :D
I reckon it would come in under the current planning goalposts...after all...is it a boat,is it a plane....???
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Re: 'Shipping container' hotel built

Postby KerryBog2 » Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:53 am

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'Shipping container' hotel built

An eight-storey hotel is being built from 86 modified shipping container-like structures, stacked on top of each other and bolted together. ...............Once installed at the construction site, the modules are decorated and furnished, and the exterior of the building is cladded.

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What's new about that? There are hundreds of buildings like that around Ireland, we call them apartments.
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Re: 'Shipping container' hotel built

Postby henno » Thu Jan 10, 2008 9:57 am

i recall some newer prisons in america being built in a similar fashion...... individual cell structures absorbed into an over all building...
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Re: 'Shipping container' hotel built

Postby adhoc » Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:34 am

The hotel at the Airside complex in Swords was assembled using this technique about 2 or 3 years ago. It looks cheap and not too cheerful.

http://www.tulipinndublinairport.com/
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Re: 'Shipping container' hotel built

Postby ctesiphon » Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:39 am

And the La Stampa hotel- Dawson Street was closed for a whole Sunday in 1999 (or thereabouts) for the crane lifting of the rooms.

What's this doing in the Ireland Forum? It's a UK story.
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Re: 'Shipping container' hotel built

Postby jdivision » Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:19 pm

Isn't there a plan to do something similar in the docklands. Ships as floating hotels, presumably they'd use something like that to increase the rooms. They also used that technique in The Bloom hotel down by Central Bank and pods have been used for apartment bathrooms for years now.
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Re: 'Shipping container' hotel built

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Re: 'Shipping container' hotel built

Postby ctesiphon » Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:55 pm

http://www.aiany.org/eOCULUS/newsletter/?p=131

LOT-EK’s designs creatively invert this relationship; in its hands the very same shipping containers become post-industrial building blocks to revitalize the city. The firm is on a mission to discover how many different types of program can be dynamically planted in, around, and between the containers.

One case study is the Mobile Dwelling Unit (MDU), which not only functions as an independent, fully furnished home, but hypothetically plugs in to a vast “vertical harbor,” or high-rise steel rack, in any metropolis. Said Lignano, “Like pixels in a digital image, temporary patterns are generated by the presence or absence of MDUs in different locations along the rack, reflecting the ever-changing composition of these colonies scattered around the globe.”


Also, I think West 8 had some proposals for container housing a few years ago, but I can't find evidence online.

There's also this kind of thing:

http://architecturelab.wordpress.com/2007/12/27/atelier-workshops-port-a-bach-portable-cabin-in-a-container/

http://www.barkbark.ca/projects_atc.html
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Re: 'Shipping container' hotel built

Postby PTB » Sat Jan 12, 2008 6:57 pm

Heres the Freitag shop in Zurich, although here the structure is expressed unlike the hotel

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http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/09/freitag_recycle_1.php

Container House:
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/01/shipping_contai.php
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Re: 'Shipping container' hotel built

Postby PTB » Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:50 am

Heres Ringo Starr performing at the opening ceremony of Liverpool ECofC 08 in a stage made of two comtainers on top of some building in Liverpool

http://www.flickr.com/photos/liverpool08/2186411306/
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Re: 'Shipping container' hotel built

Postby paul h » Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:58 pm

On the subject of unusual hotels http://www.capsuleinn.com/
Seems a bit mad, surely they're not that hard pressed for space? Must be a cultural thing
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