A hotel placed in any location…

A new type of structure is offering an eco-friendly way to quickly create buildings almost anywhere.

Even more interesting, the technology could eventually allow you to transport your home to the destination of your choice.

The concept started with a hotel, but now it’s expanding to homes. Let’s see how it works!

Easily assembled hotels

Studio Puisto is a Helsinki-based architectural firm that’s designed a new style of hotel.

These hotels are designed in sections and then can be quickly assembled on site.

Their first project is called Uni Villas, and it’s made of three U-shaped structures that each have three suites for guests to enjoy. They can accommodate up to 12 people and can be rented on a daily or weekly basis.

It’s recently been completed at Finland’s Kytäjä Golf Course, which was awarded Finland’s Best Golf Course in 2020.

How it’s made

 

Each building uses dark cross-laminated timber coating that helps blend the structure in with its natural surroundings.

The interior of the building is also covered in timber and has floor-to-ceiling glass walls to immerse the guests into their environment. The view isn’t bad either!

The building parts are made off-site and then are placed onto pre-installed foundations to connect them together. The units can be fully customized to the buyer’s preferences and the smaller buildings take up less land and power.

A sustainable way to enjoy a getaway (or move your home)

This type of construction method reduces wastes and allows a building to be built in more remote locations, which could help people living in rural areas.

These buildings use alternative energy (such as solar panels). In fact, the whole project can be “off-grid” depending on what you want!

The Villas have a multi-use design meaning they don’t have to just be hotels. They can be used as permanent housing or even a weekend getaway home… and they could even allow more opportunities for people to live in remote areas and create businesses that weren’t possible otherwise.

Building hotels, resorts, and homes take up a lot of resources and manpower. Studio Puisto architect Sami Logren said, “We saw a need in the current market for a high-quality accommodation unit that is at the same time possible to build with a reasonable cost and schedule.

“In Uni Villas, we use renewable construction materials, such as wood and wood-based insulation, while at the same time reaching high energy efficiency standards.”

This type of construction could be an easier and more sustainable way for people to move around and build their dream homes in their dream destinations.

Now tell us what you think… where would YOU want to build this type of home? Do you think it could become a popular way to build the homes of the future? Leave a comment below with your thoughts!

Header image source: Studio Puisto

22 comments on “An Eco-Hotel That Comes to Guests

  1. M on

    The last thing I want to do is travel thousands of miles to see the beautiful countryside somewhere only to hike around a bend and find one of your buildings someone thought would be great to plonk there for their two week break!
    Backside of the moon? Out of sight? Great. Used on Mars? Even better.
    These need to be kept for private use on private land only.
    The charm of remote areas is their Untouched Beauty.
    Use for earthquake and hurricane zones to house people briefly. But remove your anchor points when they are taken down!

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  2. Lynn De Lacey on

    I love this concept . Its ideal for what I am looking for. More cost effective and affordable too I am guessing. Definitely interested! Lynn

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  3. Ed Osscarson on

    Great idea to help be a solution to housing needs … but there is too much embodied energy in any house made of wood to genuinely call it sustainable. i.e., energy needed to cut it, truck it to a mill, cut it to specs, transport it to wholesale/warehouse, transport it again to fabricator or seller, transport product ready for assembly to the site. Incorporating energy savings appliances and plug-in devices may make it possible to be Net Zero but the use of wood for housing takes it off my list of qualifying as truly sustainable. Use the wood cut to make a clearing in the woods … ???? … that is coming closer.

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  4. Dianna on

    I am looking for a 8’x 12′ shed that could turned into a bunkie. I would like 12 ft. Ceiling for extra storage. How do I see models and prices?

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  5. Joe Campanelli on

    I am a retired builder in Santa Barbara ca and would like to know more about building these off the grid. what do you do about sewage and waste? Joe

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  6. casper bemis on

    I am looking for a retirement home and I also own some undeveloped but buildable land. How do I find out more about this product?

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