Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Pop-Up Boutique Hotel

Prefabricated apartments and housing were post Second World War inventions aimed at providing a source of affordable housing for returning soldiers. Many of these structures still stand today in various cities around the world and many of them, I’m sure many would agree, are aesthetically challenged.

Enter architect Tim Pyne. He has plans to open Britain’s first up-market prefab hotel in East London by the end of the year, called the “M-Hotel”. Allegedly, the building can be moved or taken apart and used as separate units for sheltered or temporary housing elsewhere, if needed. The structure can also be made bigger if there’s a demand for more hotel space, by just adding more modules.

Pyne has previously built container-style apartment units which slot together to make a block, which was developed in 2001.