Shipping containers get new lease of life as hotel suites in Singapore

by Albert02

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 magnificent boutique hotel in Singapore’s beautiful Gardens by the Bay could be transferred anywhere in Singapore or possibly globally.

The Garden Pod is a retreat with four duplex residences housed in recycled shipping containers spanning around 12.2m in length. On September 1, the hotel, which can be moved using cranes while maintaining its plumbing and electrical services, opened its doors. The nightly rate starts at $450.

While its mobility sets it apart from other hotels, this establishment is also proud of its sustainability. Aside from repurposing shipping containers, the hotel’s rooftops have photovoltaic panels that convert solar energy into electricity, supplying up to 80% of the hotel’s energy needs. The terrarium exhibitions and drinking glasses at the hotel are made of recycled glass. Garden Pod, located near Bayfront MRT station, is the third hotel project by the small and medium-sized enterprise Shipping Container Hotel. It will be on exhibit for at least two years in Gardens by the Bay.

Mr Seah Liang Chiang, the company’s creator, claimed that he will look into transferring the hotel after that “to provide Singaporeans the option of having staycations in various parts of the island.” One-north and Haw Par Villa, its first two hotels, are also fashioned of shipping containers. They each consist of two containers and have been in service since January 2020 and December 2021, respectively.

In Singapore, the idea of building hotels out of reclaimed materials looks to be gaining traction. WTS Travel, a travel agency, announced just days before the Garden Pod’s launch that it will build a resort in Changi Village out of 20 old public buses. On August 28, WTS Travel said that the project, tentatively titled The Bus Resort, will be completed by the second quarter of 2023. It will be constructed close to the well-known Changi Village Hawker Centre and will cover an area slightly larger than a football field (8,600 sq m). The nightly rate is projected to be between $300 and $400.

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