It is a very innovative concept, I’ll grant you that. The TuboHotel in Tepoztlan, Mexico, is exactly what it sounds like – a bunch of concrete tubes turned into bedrooms (no toilets, mind you).
Each tube contains a Queen size bed and leaves storage space underneath for your suitcase. Designed by T3Arch, it’s meant to allow reuseable materials to be assembled quickly into liveable space with a minimum of impact on the environment.
As for comfort, there is a single TripAdvisor review that bills it as a clean, basic, inexpensive and friendly “hostel”. Not a ‘hotel’, then.
Perhaps it isn’t their intention but this could provide more inspiration to shanty towns than to hoteliers. Most shanty towns are built from flimsy, dangerous materials. But the concrete tubes might offer greater stability, security and shelter. But it would make the landscape look like a pile of pilons, no? But link some of the bathroom pipes together and you have an instant sewer.
According to this article on ArchDaily, T3Arch came across Andreas Strauss’ DesparkHotel – another concrete tube hotel concept (how many are there?) – allowing them to build something fast and affordable.
I must admit, there is something both comforting and disquieting about the idea of shutting myself up into a tube. On the one hand, I anticipate a monastic solitude that could be a pleasant, self-indulgent retreat. On the other hand, they remind me of images of ovens at Auschwitz.
There’s something about them that resembles fascist machinery lying forgotten in fields of grass. At least the TuboHotel has a ‘happier’ aspect about them. Click here to see more images of DesparkHotel.
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