A decommissioned green train in China is taking on an entirely new track. The Zhengzhou Art School creatively transformed an 11-compartment train into student dorms, complete with bunk beds, bathrooms, kitchens, and solar water heaters. Though the project is an undeniably cool example of adaptive reuse, we can’t help but be a bit worried about the dorms’ cramped appearance—fire hazard anyone?
If these train dorms look unsightly on the outside, they may be forgiven for being a work in progress. Speaking to a Chinese state media outlet, Zhengzhou art school principal and founder, Li Guoliang said the school invested 3 million RMB to renovate the green train into furnished and insulated student housing.
The dorms, which began use in July this year, can accommodate over 300 people. Currently 85 students and teachers live in the Green Train Car dorms. The train comprises 11 compartments in total and each car measures 21 meters in length and 2.5 meters in height. According to a school brochure, the rooms rent out for 350 RMB ($55 USD) a month per bed in an eight-person car and 550 RMB ($86 USD) a month per bed in a four-person car. Guoliang says the exposed wires will be fixed and that students and teachers have been invited to paint murals on the outside of the train compartments.