Following the successful launch of a series of tubes-turned-hostel-rooms in Berlin, Germany, a few years back, this new destination quite literally takes things to a fresh level by stacking similar concrete drainage pipes for multi-room, two-story stays outside of Mexico City, Mexico.
Boasting not much more than a queen-sized bed, some under-bed storage, privacy curtains and ceiling lights, these Tubohotel pods are … cozy, to say the least, but the focus is not supposed to be on sleeping through your stay anyway.
All of the tubes face out onto shared community space for mingling with other guests, featuring picnic tables, communal cooking spots and a swimming pool. They are also parked right in the middle of some gorgeous desert greenery, surrounded by mountains.
“The idea came when we built Cafe Five, where we saw the need to adapt an inexpensive room for users. In our search for solutions, we found Desparkhotel, the work of the architect Andreas Strauss in 2006, using recycled concrete pipes for hotel rooms. “
“Our client decided to make a hotel with the same characteristics as the Desparkhotel on a ground that is located on the outskirts of Tepoztlan, with excellent panoramic views of the Sierra del Tepozteco. Located in a wooded setting of unusual features, the surrounding environment provides an unique natural environment and for our project.”
“The goal was to have the ability to build a fast and affordable hotel that offered lodging for Tepoztlan tourist. With a projection of 20 rooms, we began building the first modules. Unlike the hotel of Andreas Strauss, we place the rooms (tubes) in three modules to harness the ground as possible much as possible.”
And for those who forgot this few-years-old predecessor (from when it too made the front page of papers), here are some images of Das Parkhotel – slightly swankier, perhaps, but without the nifty stacking (nor direct access to wild nature).