Hotel Rooms Constructed From Trash Call Attention To Forgotten Urban Areas

Hotel Rooms Constructed From Trash Call Attention To Forgotten Urban Areas

New project aims to get German residents thinking about the future of their suburbs.

Lara Piras
  • 28 january 2014

Hotel ShabbyShabby is a new contest launched by experimental architectural practice Raumlabor.

The team are calling on designers to build hotel rooms out of trash in and around the German city of Mannheim. Entrants have to submit ideas in order to create 20 spaces that will be built during Theater Der Welt, the city’s celebrated international theater festival taking place from 23rd May to 8th June this year. Each construction has to have locks, be weather resistant and have the ability to be built in just seven days. The experts judging the competition include artist Gilly Karjevsky from 72 Hour Urban Action, the world’s first real-time architecture competition, where teams have 3 days and 3 nights to design and build projects in a public space, and Pedro Gadanho, the curator for contemporary architecture at the MoMA in New York.


Raumlabor’s Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius explains, “These are driving forces for me, to get stubborn bureaucratic systems to do something that they would [usually] never agree with.”

The spaces aim to not only draw attention to the potential uses and importance of recyclable materials but will also call on people to focus on new uses for neglected spaces around the German town.

To apply head to Raomlabor’s website for further information.

Source: Fastcoexist

Images: Raomlabor


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