Shipping containers get new lease of life as hotel suites in Singapore
Shipping containers get new lease of life as hotel suites in Singapore. This exquisite boutique hotel in Singapore’s stunning Gardens by the Bay could be relocated anyplace in Singapore or even globe.
The Garden Pod is a hideaway comprised of four duplex dwellings constructed in recycled shipping containers measuring around 12.2m in length. The hotel, which can be moved using cranes while keeping its plumbing and electrical supplies, opened its doors on September 1. Nightly rates begin at $450.
While its mobility distinguishes it from other hotels, this facility is equally proud of its environmental stewardship. Aside from recycling shipping containers, photovoltaic panels on the hotel’s rooftops turn solar energy into electricity, supplying up to 80% of the hotel’s energy needs. The hotel’s terrarium exhibits and drinking glasses are made of recycled glass. Garden Pod is the third hotel project by the small and medium-sized firm Shipping Container Hotel, located near Bayfront MRT station. It will be on display in Gardens by the Bay for at least two years.
The company’s founder, Mr Seah Liang Chiang, stated that he will look into relocating the hotel after that “to provide Singaporeans with the choice of having staycations in various sections of the island.” Its first two hotels, One-north and Haw Par Villa, are likewise made of shipping containers. They each have two containers and have been operational since January 2020 and December 2021, respectively.
The concept of creating hotels out of salvaged materials appears to be gaining traction in Singapore. WTS Travel, a travel agency, stated just days before the debut of the Garden Pod that it will construct a resort in Changi Village out of 20 former public buses. WTS Travel said on August 28 that the project, tentatively titled The Bus Resort, will be completed by the second quarter of 2023. It will be built near the popular Changi Village Hawker Centre and will cover an area slightly larger than a football field (8,600 sq m). The nightly fee will be between $300 and $400.
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