DROP microarchitecture is a removable modular hotel room that draws inspiration from organic shapes found in nature.
Client: URBAN SQUARE
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DROP eco-hotel is a removable modular hotel suit. A new travel and leisure concept and a different hotel experience. It is a concept that fits between a caravan and a permanent room in a traditional building. The idea is that this suit can be placed in a beauty spot, but then easily removed without any ecological damage as a consequence of its presence. Its design draws inspiration from organic shapes found in nature. The use of lightweight materials allows the modules to be installed on a great variety of terrains and to be transported to remote natural locations: remote forests, beaches, mountains, jungles... DROP is fully built in a factory and then transported to the final location by truck.
For the modern nomad, these eco-friendly rooms are not only sustainable but surprisingly comfortable and perfectly integrated on the natural surroundings. DROP is especially suitable for anyone who has an inherent yearning for nature but doesn’t want to cause a negative impact on the environment.
The structure is composed of modular prefabricated wooden and steel elements. This fully mobile microarchitecture is specifically designed to be installed with a minimum impact on the environment. The structure's base is elevated from the ground, on adjustable steel legs, to adapt to the irregular terrains and minimize the contact with the unspoilt land. A notable feature of the design is the large bubble windows at the ends of the central cylindrical tube. These operable spherical transparent windows can be opened to bring guests into direct contact with nature, removing the barrier between indoors and outdoors and providing natural ventilation. A skylight running the entire length of the pod provides ample daylighting and sky views. Each green hotel unit can comfortably accommodate two adults. Despite its small size, 25 square meter, there is space for a lounge area and a bedroom at night in the same shared space, as well as a separate bathroom with toilet, shower and bath. A wood terrace offers outdoor seating.
Some of the many green features that are planned for these portable hotel rooms include thin photovoltaic solar films on the roof that can be combined with wood siding for power generation. A rainwater collection system harvests water for use in the bathroom, further reducing its environmental impact.
The aim of Drop eco-hotel is to meet the growing demand for eco-tourism around the world with customers who demand sustainable architecture and a high degree of design. The DROP concept won a design contest organized by the urban furniture and microarchitecture manufacturer URBAN SQUARE, the brand design network O-cults and the Architecture office Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.
DROP, produced by URBAN SQUARE, available in its Microarchitecture Catalogue.
DROP XL technical characteristic
DROP XL is a large version of DROP module. DROP modules’ design can be customised depending on users’ needs and the location where they are to be installed.
DROP, award-winning microarchitecture project, URBAN SQUARE + O-CULTS & Taller de Arquitectura RICARDO BOFILL design contest – Galeria H20, Barcelona, SPAIN.