It seems that creating accommodation for paying-guests is just limited by the imagination. As long as there’s a market, people will do anything for fun. A look at Das Park Hotel in Ottensheim, in the municipal camp site of Linz, Austria, which has rooms (well it’s more like circular cubicles, with barely enough space for a bed). I don’t dare to imagine there are en-suite bathrooms. Let’s just say that these concrete tubes could fall under the category of glamping (glamorous camping).
The concrete hotel was designed by Andreas Strauss in Austria. Located next to the Danube in Ottensheim municipal camping area, The hotel is built from repurposed, incredibly robust drain pipes.
The beauty of these pipes is that their concrete utilitarian look needs little alteration to make them habitable – a coat of varnish is all that is necessary. The tubes have also have received wall paintings by the Austrian artist Thomas Latzel Ochoa to make them seem a little more user friendly.
Off-the-peg industrial grade concrete cylinders are appropriated to create the ultimate budget hotel.
Located in a lovely spot next to the Danube in Ottensheim municipal camping area the tubes have had a several seasons of use but are still clean and functional. Each tube weighs 9,5 tonnes – so although some might be tempted to rock or vandalize them, they are incredibly robust and need little maintenance. More advanced lock and electronic keypad systems are being fitted in 2007, but the original concept is working very well.
Like cave hotels, Das Park Hotel is cool in the summer, and perhaps still warm in winter, although at the moment the hotel is only open from May to October.
Source: Construction Blog