ContainHotel close to Litomerice Building

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ContainHotel close to Litomerice

Czech Republic Building at the Elbe riverbank design by Artikul Architects

19 May 2017


Design: Artikul Architects

Location: Litomerice, Czech Republic

Mobile Hotel in Litomerice


ARTIKUL architects designed a small mobile hotel from used shipping containers. Its first location is on a surf campsite at the Elbe riverbank close to Litomerice, Czech Republic.



The task for the architects was to design a mobile, easily demountable, seasonal hotel made from three shipping containers. Additionally, the building was supposed to be ultimately self-sufficient and environmentally friendly.



The small hotel with five rooms for a total of 13 guests was finished within four months. It consists of two 20-feet containers and one 40-feet high-cube container placed on top. Downstairs are located the sanitary facilities, a technical room, a storeroom and one four-bed guest room. Upstairs, there are four rooms accessed through a shared terrace with great views over the river and the surrounding hilly landscape. All the rooms have one fully glazed wall, so that despite the small floor area the rooms feel airy and have contact with the surrounding landscape.


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The wall and ceiling finishing are made of birch plywood, as is all custom-made furniture. The rooms are differentiated by use of various colors of natural linoleum and completed with black industrial lighting and details. In the social facilities the trapezoidal sheet is left bare on the walls, and is combined with thermo-wood as flooring in the showers.




The economical and minimalist choice of used materials and design emphasizes the hotel philosophy implicating modern nomadism, maritime beach atmosphere and naval themes. These are further strengthened by the original dark-blue container paint with original graphics, as well as by the round windows and the railing made of ropes and nets.




The containers are placed only on railroad sleepers. They function separately and autonomously, and are connected only to a local electric power source. The container with the social facilities has an inbuilt water reservoir to supply showers and sinks, which are equipped with water-saving taps. Only biodegradable cosmetics are used in the hotel. There are modern waterless, separating toilets installed. To avoid overheating the rooms during summer, an awning is attached above the glazed walls and the facades are covered with sun-breakers made of waste wood planks from a nearby sawmill.


ContainHotel close to Litomerice – Building Information

Project name: ContainHotel
Architect’ Firm: Artikul Architects
Contact e-mail: [email protected]

Lead Architects: Pavel Lejdar, Jan Gabriel, Jakub Vlček
Project location: Třeboutice, Czech Republic
Completion Year: 2015
Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 60m2


Photography: Michal Hurych
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ContainHotel close to Litomerice images / information from received 190517

Location: Litomerice, Czech Republic, central eastern Europe

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