April 22, 2014

A Shape-Shifting ‘Jenga-Like’ Hotel Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

Hong Kong-based architect firm OVA Studio has designed the Hive-Inn, a jenga-like hotel made from dozens of recycled shipping containers stacked on top of one another. 

It was developed for the Radical Innovation Award, and was inspired by the two prevalent modern-day trends of maximum flexibility and mobility. 

The shipping containers can be removed or inserted depending on the hotel’s needs, and its grid structure means a container can be taken out or put back without affecting the containers above or below it. 

Rather curiously, the architects claim this makes it suitable for major brands to sponsor rooms; such rooms can be used for a limited time before being replaced by other company-sponsored containers. 

Though the Hive-Inn is presented as a hotel, the concept can also be applied to office and residential apartments. In the event of a disaster, the containers can be used for emergency housing or makeshift medical care centers. 

What do you think of this project? Would you stay in a hotel made from interchangeable shipping containers? 

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