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Meet DROP, The Next Generation Mobile Eco-Hotel

December 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM | by | ()

With glamping still on trend, we see a lot of attempts to marry hotel-room comforts with Mother Nature, all wrapped up in an environmentally sensitive package. We’re totally on board with this, whether up in an English treehouse or out in the African bush.

So, it’s no surprise then that we’re a little in love with the DROP eco-hotel concept, the brainchild of Barcelona's In-Tenta Creative Design Group. A fully mobile “micro-architecture” project, DROP is specifically designed to be installed with a minimum amount of impact on its environment.

We know, a little brain cramp might be happening now, but we'll explain more.

Built completely from modular wood and steel elements, the tube-shaped unit has two spherical windows at either end that can be opened, removing the barrier between what’s indoors and outdoors. A skylight runs across the roof, with the pod designed to be elevated to minimize contact with the soil underneath.

Despite its small size, there’s space for a lounge area with a (day) bed, as well as a bathroom with toilet and shower/bath combo. A deck offers outdoor seating. The design incorporates thin photo-voltaic solar panels on the roof and a rainwater recycle tank to harvest water for use in the bathroom.

Luckily the first steps have already been taken to make sure DROP doesn’t remain just a cool piece of design on paper. Urban furniture and micro-architecture producer Urban Square has selected DROP to be part of its micro-architecture catalogue for hotels, with the project currently being in the engineering phase.

We’re hoping an innovative hotelier, or - who knows - one of the major hotel chains out there, has the guts to pick up DROP and turn it into reality. Where do you think would be the ideal location for DROP? And who do you think would be the right operator? Tell us in the comments!

[Renderings: In-Tenta Creative Design Group]

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