Mexico's recycled concrete tube hotel
Though the idea of sleeping inside a concrete tube probably doesn't sound that appealing, architect firm T3arc have found a way to make sleeping inside a pipe not only comfortable but also a holiday experience. Mexico's Tubohotel, which opened in 2010, is a unique and affordable holiday destination created from recycled concrete tubes. Located approximately 45 minutes south of Mexico City in the village of Tepoztlan, Morelos, the rooms of the hotel are stacked in a pyramid shape, reflecting the Aztec pyramid of El Tepozteco that overlooks the town.
The original pipe hotel concept comes from German architect, Andreas Strauss, who created Dasparkhotel in 2006. The T3arc architects drew inspiration from Strauss and expanded on the idea to create two-story triangular modules. By stacking one tube on top of two base tubes, they were able to create a striking visual display without impacting the surrounding natural environment.
TheTubohotel offers 20 concrete rooms, each measuring 2.44 m wide and 3.5 m long (8 ft x 11.5 ft) and is simply furnished with a queen size bed, desk light, fan, and under-bed storage. The rooms overlook a central courtyard, which is otherwise completely surrounded by lush native trees. Unfortunately they couldn't come up with an idea to squeeze in a bathroom but guests have access to two communal bathhouses located on the hotel property.
One night's accommodation at the Tubohotel costs 500 pesos (approx. US$42).
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While DasParkHotel made all of us think, I\'m still using them to create cisterns and aquaponics tanks for fish-farming. You find them at DOT auctions on a fairly regular basis. The hard part is hauling them off... ;)
Stand it on end, seal the bottom with more concrete and a healthy dose of something like Hydroseal (use the ORGANIC - Food Grade sealant if you want to drink the water or raise fish) and that 8\' diameter concrete tube will hold 2500 gallons of water, easy... and best of all, it\'ll last freakin\' forever!
AND... it\'s common knowledge that the space inside that same tube is EASILY converted to a standard bathroom, probably much like the one in your own home. You even get a cool, easily constructed \"plumbing run\" under the floor.
With a handful of them, you could build a pretty cool little house in the woods... provided you have a good graded road to your site, of course.
Stack THAT, Gizmag! :)
Great ideas. It gets people thinking outside the box.
If you added a third tube for a living area, you could create a pretty delux feeling space.