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Monday, May 19, 2014

‘Drop’- The Portable Ecotel

IAnD Exclusive 

Design Impact Special

By Team IAnD
Photography:Courtesy In-tenta

Drop - Eco Hotel by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.
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‘Drop’ is the new portable eco-friendly hotel room that proposes to meet the growing requirements of the niche eco-tourist, who demands a high degree of design alongside sustainable architecture…

Tourism is one sector, where design meets its mettle in many small ways – proving itself compatible with a variety of mindsets from diverse backgrounds. Offering naturalists yearning for a truly unique travel experience, architecture office Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura and manufacturer Urban Square have designed a new travel and leisure concept, midway between a conventional hotel room and a caravan.

Drop - Eco Hotel by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.
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Drop - Eco Hotel by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.
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Modular in nature with the possibility of customization and multiple configurations, ‘Drop’ as it is called, is a capsule-shaped space-wise design made from lightweight prefabricated wood and steel and can  be airlifted to any terrain, any location. Large bubble-windows at the two cylindrical ends and a skylight running the entire length of the pod usher in daylight and open the structure to the surrounds.

Drop - Eco Hotel by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.
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The 25 sq.m. area of each eco-hotel accommodates a lounge area, bedroom, bathroom with a separate toilet, bath and shower, and a wooden deck that offers outdoor seating, and well-appointed interiors that can comfortably accommodate two adults

Drop - Eco Hotel by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.
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Equipped with green features viz., thin photovoltaic solar films on the roof that can be combined with wood siding for power generation; a rainwater collection system that harvests water for use in the bathroom, amongst others, the mobile micro-architectural unit is designed to minimize environmental impact – during both, installation as well as removal.

Drop - Eco Hotel by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.
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Drop - Eco Hotel by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.
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To ensure minimum interference with the natural location it is set up in, the structure's base is elevated from the ground, on adjustable steel legs, to adapt to irregular terrains and minimize contact with the un-spoilt land.

Drop - Eco Hotel by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.
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Said to be designed for the modern nomad, the flip side to this environment friendly micro-architecture is the phenomenal costs that the Drop will incur just being transported to various locales!

4 comments :

  1. Hi
    I work on thermal energy storage, which can be loaded with solar heat and then used for sanitary hit water, space heating and possibly enhanced natural ventilation
    L.Traonvouez
    contact@insula-france.com

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  2. Disha KhandelwalMay 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Sleeping in a capsule like space requires a lot of adaptive comfort.Square is always better.

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  3. Donald WhittakerMay 20, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Very cool, I want one, can it be towed by a conventional SUV? You guys at IndiaArt NDesign are very creative. Bravo!

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  4. Looks good! But can this concept be used in a hot tropical climate? I think it isn't wise to use solar power for airconditioning ...
    Or do you have different designs for 'eco-apartments' in hor climates?

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