Recyclable container hotel proposed for Helsinki waterfront

The cheap and unusual hotel would attract design fans coming to Finland when Helsinki becomes the World Design Capital in 2012.

Architect Tarja Nurmi and Linja Arkkitehdit Oy have proposed that a temporary hotel made of containers is constructed on a prime location in Helsinki’s city centre harbour area. Helsinki has been chosen as the World Design Capital 2012 and the budget priced hotel for the summer months would be sure to attract the attention of the thousands of design fans expected to visit Finland in 2012. The hotel itself would be part of the city’s design activities for the year.

According to Tarja Nurmi, the recyclable hotel would also send a message that the best views in Finland should not be reserved for those who can afford to pay for expensive hotels. The container rooms would be on the water’s edge overlooking Helsinki’s beautiful waterfront area – the exact location where plans for a controversial five-star hotel are currently on hold.

The plans also include the conversion of the old harbour buildings on the site to diverse uses for the design year. The container hotel could also include space for events and be an excellent space for promoting businesses.

The container hotel could later be moved to another location, as it is designed to be reconstructed and reused for different purposes. The idea for the hotel has been presented to the City of Helsinki authorities and the initial response has been positive.

Source: Vantaan Sanomat