Emily Pilloton

DASPARKHOTEL MADE FROM RECYCLED PIPES

by , 06/25/07

Pipe Hotel, Das Park Hotel, repurposed pipes, pipe architecture, prefab hotel

While the idea of sleeping in a pipe might not immediately connote luxury in your mind, this hotel design turns concrete pipes into quite the comfortable space for your next overnight stay. Almost like glorified camping, the DasParkHotel is a series of individual hotel room pipes, set on a beautiful flora-filled backdrop just steps from the Danube River.


“The external simplicity surrounds an unexpectedly comfortable interior” as each pipe is outfitted with a bed, lighting, and other furniture, with bathroom and restaurant facilities shared in a public space. And what’s more, DasParkHotel obtains sanitation and other hotel facilities from existing public infrastructure, allowing them to operate on a “pay as you wish” system in which guests pay only what they can afford or wish to contribute. Now that’s some great communal living.

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  1. VeeT June 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Reminds of Kramer when he put the Japanese tourists in his large chest of drawers.

  2. avenger August 22, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Why not use this idea for the homeless? A few modifications and they can live in these rather than the streets or subways.

  3. Kitia August 19, 2010 at 6:23 am

    I know I’m approximately a year and a half late on this, but does it not occur to anyone else that every other hotel room in the world usually has only one door, as well? A window on the 10th storey won’t do much good, y’know.

    As for heating in winter… take a friend and snuggle up. Use you’re imagination, and I’m sure it’s not hard to create some heat.

  4. Neseattle December 4, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Hmmm… four pipes forming a ” + ” and a round upright bathroom in the center that has a glass ceiling…

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    =[ ]=

  5. poios August 1, 2008 at 11:16 am

    The idea is amazing! a private space to stay for a few days, better than being cramped in a hostel with stangers. If scared of fire DON’T SMOKE in there!

  6. FluffenMeister March 2, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    EXTERIOR UGLINESS?

    Seems to me the thing to do is bury them in a low hill, with the entrance side exposed. This will also help insulate the tubes, for better cooling in summer, heating in winter. It is an ancient construction technique.

    First, you lay down a foundation of earth about 10cm high (to keep groundwater from getting into the pipes, if there is heavy rain and puddles).

    Then you put down several of these pipes … bam-bam-bam – maybe 3-5 of them.

    Then, fill dirt on top of and between them, with about 20cm of dirt on top.

    Leave about 20 CM of the front ends of the pipes exposed (kind of ‘jutting out’ from your little artificial hill). Landscape it all, out, plant grass and so forth, and you’re all set.

    INTERIOR UGLINESS?

    Well, I wouldn’t have a big party inside one of them, but if you are worried about sound reverberation and appearance, some decorative textiles on one of the upper 1/4ths of the curved interior surface should do nicely. A tapestry of sorts. It could even be decorative carpeting (go see some of the oddly patterned carpet at hardware/carpet stores), as long as it has an interesting and warm appearance. Viola: Instant soft-to-the-touch mural.

    TRANSPORTATION COSTS/IMPACT?

    Most types of construction require a number of semi-tractor trailers coming in: Concrete pourers, skids of roofing material, truckloads of wood, etc, etc. With this, almost everything arrives on one truck. From what I’ve observed on the highway, it seems you could bring in 4 of them at a time.

    NOT ROOMY ENOUGH?

    Ok, so maybe its not for you. So move on, if that’s your beef. A lot of people like the idea of a whimsical little snug room with tasteful decor.

  7. jack T January 3, 2008 at 1:11 am

    these are amazing little sleeping quarters! i’m just delighted to know they are being used and liked by travellers. they seem very cozy, and the round shape would be comforting. i love the storage under the bed — that’s awesome for backpacks, or bikes slid sideways.

    geez guys — have you ever been in a concrete tube? they are solid, and the thickness would not allow it to get “HOT” in summer… they stay cool! and in winter i bet they stay warm! i used to skateboard in tubes and always thought how great they’d be for little “rooms”… they’re nice and sound-proof too.

    i could see a short tube stacked vertically with a doorway cut out as a showering unit, with a solar system in the top section. park one nearby to offer showering accomodations maybe.

    as far as beauty, heck, if you don’t like the look of concrete as it is (which ages beautifully IMO), then paint them. or tile them, or grow ivy along the side.. look on the bright side and envision beauty instead of saying “eeew.”

    mmm, i’d like mine to have a custom stained glass window on one end, heck, on both ends — with the entrance being two half circle doors. i picture some dark cobalt blue glass… like the bases of those dark blue water bottles… that’d be nice , sorta like a kaliedescope!

    add a nice round concrete or redwood deck out front that looks like a necco wafer (a pale tinted concrete maybe?) and put some colorful bauer oil jars on that…. a snacky lookin adirondack chair or someting.. dude.. stylin…

    it’d be great for the beach. better than a tent that will blow in the wind, ya know?

    okay, how about adding an awning for shade if you’re worried about too much heat. that’d would be cool too, some canvas/steel pipe structure, something simple and adustable.

    i’d like a set of these concrete tubes — bedroom, breakfast room, party tube.. !

    so many people just want to put down a wonderful, inventive idea… you guys are dorks, i swear! this is such an awesome idea!

    rolling downhill? please. just chock it if you’re so worried about it moving, like we did when he skated. those things are so heavy they’re practically impossible to move.

    COFFINS? what? did you obsess over kill bill V2? dang, sounds like a personal problem to me. unless you’re mega-mega-fat and dumpy i doubt you’d feel like you were in a coffin with such a spacious tube.

    claustrophobic? for a few nights? didn’t you ever go camping in a PUP tent? jeez. you all sound so friggin’ spoiled! the tube looks like it has plenty of room! what, you need to fly around the sleeping space like a bat or something? get real!

    so yeah, i think it’s very fromage too.. whatever that means! sure, make it slightly bigger, why not, but they seem all right to me. i’d park myself in one pronto with my honey, they look very cozy and safe.

    i applaud loudly for mr. strauss’s inventive idea… and i hope to see these things around lakes and shores and the deserts of my country.

    GO TUBES!

  8. katie August 5, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    Very Fromage!!! I LOVE IT! pay as much as you wish – good is like a cheap version of a travel lodge! make them a bit bigger… perfect… get them to the uk!! cheap weekend away !!

  9. Joxer The Mighty August 5, 2007 at 10:49 am

    Not exactly comfortable looking, but i would rather sleep in one of them than a tent, especially when it is raining and the wind is blowing.

  10. Gillian July 30, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Ah… C O F F I N !

  11. Gillian July 30, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Oh yes they need to add little path ways leading up to the pipes – perhaps?

  12. Gillian July 30, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    I just can’t stop laughing… x

  13. robert July 30, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    heyheyhey a lot of theories about a thing you never used.

    i stayed there 3 times and ( spring 2005 in linz and july and oktober 2006 in ottensheim ) to be honest.
    visite it and then talk again.
    its a more than a amazing feeling to be welcome, to feel secure and still be completely indipendent,….at the same time.

    think or knit theories about as much as you like ………..but i tell you its amazing !!!!!!!!

  14. mrst July 30, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    great idea,not sure how id feel inside one of the pipes-claustraphobic probably!

  15. Isi Agboaye July 30, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    It sounds interesting – I am sure I will like it. What about ASBESTOS? I am slightly worried dear. All the same I amy try it someday.

  16. Edner molly and ruth ! July 30, 2007 at 10:49 am

    heloo people edner ruth and i think its a really great idea but it is a big too cramed ! and i think it would smell and get really damp and it would be really cold ! but we love the idea how great molly does not like it but ruth and i doo !!

  17. Henry Jankowski July 30, 2007 at 10:26 am

    I agree with Walt Barrett and Amanda, tremendous!!!
    I would certainly use it if I was up that neck of the woods.
    Fireproof, bomb resistant, flood resistant, Bear resistant, what more could you want?
    If temperatures too extreme, spray the inside with foam and then clad.

    Bet you could roll them with a couple of large sticks, though, wouldn’t that be fun for the occupant?

  18. Toby Paws July 30, 2007 at 10:20 am

    To Jack 73t,
    “staid” means something like ‘conventional’, ‘resistant to new ideas’,
    or an English phrase, “Stick-In-The-Mud”.
    (That’s a point, if it rains a lot, will the pipe sink into the mud? It’s very heavy!

  19. Toby Paws July 30, 2007 at 10:10 am

    My first thoughts :, what if the door jammed?
    There ought to be a pop-out window at the far end, for that, or fire.
    Who cleans the bed?
    What about condensation formng on the inside?
    Concrete wuld absorb lots f heat in summer, and be stone-cold in winter.
    Shipping containers would give more standing room, but they too only have one door,
    and would need an emergency exit elsewhere.
    I’ve been in a shipping container (used as a store room) andit is a bit scarey :
    no escape if door jammed, and sounds can’t get out easily.
    I’d find it claustrophobic, sorry.
    Seems like a gimmick , to me.

  20. strauss July 29, 2007 at 8:03 am

    just a bit more

    very funny that so many people come up with strange thoughts on a new idea and even post such things witch are

    claustrophobic: with its double bed its as big as what they sell as family tents ……. the
    acoustic inside is much brighter then in any romantic wooden hut with laura
    ashley curtains.

    energy friendly: the tubes are very cheap serial product, produced at every second concrete
    factory and we could have got the same standard tube from 3 different
    companies within 40 kilometers.
    the interior is 80 % less material as one of the stupid and ugly hotel-shags
    for wannabe business travelers or lets fly to Hawaii for the weekend and
    check out organic toilets there guys…
    efficiency we use, in europe still existing public structures, like real public toilets
    public showers in nearby public pools ……..to make it a hotel.

    heat: 9,5 tons don’t heat up to be uncomfortable as most people might know not
    even in summers like this one when we have between 33 °and 39 ° C

  21. strauss July 29, 2007 at 7:20 am

    just to let all of you know some more details about dasparkhotel and to extinguish some strange thoughts about our “suites”

    tech-data: 2650 to 2000 mm insidelength and width
    9480 kg ….hahahah rolling it somewhere …….with 220 punks or hulks !
    double-bed light and 200 volt plugin
    passive ventilation above and underneath the bed for air circulation
    double-bed, light, simple sleeping-bags (changed after every visitor) and
    wool-blankets

    first at all we see it as a inner city hospitality tool witch every community that calls himself guest-friendly should offer somehow.

    the basic idea was to create a as independent as possible inner city sleeping and temporary self storing toll for a need best described by Just like Elias Canetti said it in his book.// The Voices of Marrakesh. (as good translated, as I’m able to)
    //To keep your wits about you in a strange city, it is necessary to have a place to be alone, to hide from the new and strange voices when they get to be too much//

    so finally dasparkhotel has to be seen as a new organising form of slleping out….a piece of symbiotic architecture ……a design piece and a statement to rethink a very oft outspoken but less and less existing tradition of HOSPITALITY

    its a tool where the whole innercity becomes the hotellobby and the city is the host…the hotel
    used by more than 450 visitors in the last two and a half years.

    for more questions ….contact me
    andreas strauss for dasparkhotel strauss@dasparkhotel.net

  22. Realrich Sjarief July 18, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    I think we have to think globally if we want to comment on this project. It will depend on the raw material on the site/city, does it have an enough those concrete pipe to create a lot more rooms like this. I see this project, each pipe will stand individually; this is not an appropriate solution for bringing efficiency into the site which is looked quite big [we need the site area sqm information]. Design is not only put hundred pipe in the site plan, right? We have to calculate the GFA, FAR to maximize the green impact crossing with the budget. In the design, budget matter. In the real life and ordinary world, we have to ask to our self, are we still prefer to build a building instead using this kind of pipe even though we have to see how big the existing is? No doubt a lot of designers will choose to build a building.

    We have to put a credit if this project is an idealistic project, it will make us think further about possibility to make another new creative project like this. Personally I like the creativity of the designer even we have to look further of design efficiency, Bravo thumbs up. :))

  23. Jac July 16, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    I’m middle-class too but I really like it. Would prefer if they place glass on one side, so i can admire some greenery while having breakfast…that is if a breakfast table is provided. This is more for budget travellers, or you can save on this one/two nights’ accomodation and splurge on a five-star hotel for the next. In Paris, we only had a bed to each of us, and 4 of us had to share the room with 6 strangers, that made me feel extremely homeless…

  24. edward diaz July 13, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    owing to the high cost of real estate, Tokyo businessmen can sleep off drunkeness in hotels that resemble honeycombs. How they able to find their tube after using the restroom is a mystery. Stacking them and attaching ramps would need creative thinking. Like a mound or hill. make it look Frodo-like…

  25. castaind July 11, 2007 at 10:25 am

    “urban ignorance”? make me laugh! I have grown in an industrial-urban-ghetto
    maybe I am a bourgois?
    yes I am a middle-class man materialist but I say to you that this project is terribly ugly.that’s right I prefere a beautiful creation.
    probably because I am not perfect as you. but I speak too much about me…

  26. Eye Poker July 10, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    This seems like it would be a great idea for a campsite. I have been thinking about picking up a small plot of land but putting a cabin on it would be to expensive. This would be a cheap alternative and would be fireproof, storm proof, water proof and vandal proof.

  27. mindy July 10, 2007 at 12:57 am

    oh man, i would have loved this as a kid…I think it’s fun.

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  30. Carmen July 4, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    It’s all fun and games until someone’s pipe gets rolled away…

  31. Amanda July 4, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    What an embarrassing example of urban ignorance and egocentricity. Get over yourselves – those of you who have completely missed the salient point, to wit: these are some of the lowest impact temporary dwellings possible, that utilize ready-made structures/materials, and take advantage of public common facilities. And how about the fallacious thinking that homeless people having slept in concrete pipes = bad. I live in a city full of concrete towers jammed with tiny apartments. Would it make you feel better if they slapped some plaster on the inside walls and furnished them with Starck Louis Ghost chairs?

    On the contrary to all that ridiculous doubting-thomas-ry, these look positively perfect for a cozy, quiet and dark snoooze (at any price!) after a long day of taking in the sites.

  32. castaind July 4, 2007 at 6:23 am

    I saw homeless people live in these pipes by necessity.
    It is the ugliest project which I been able to see. Do
    people pay to sleep there?

  33. John July 3, 2007 at 9:34 am

    Talk about claustrophobia, what if the door lock or handle broke and you couldn’t open the door. Scary just thinking about it. Better have a cellphone and some food handy, unless the pipe blocks the signal. Then what? Uh-oh.

  34. kid pahl July 2, 2007 at 11:56 am

    this could be real cool for our park systems, maybe work out a remote lock unlock code for the park and wildlife service to activate with say a driver licence to operate doors or a punch code that times out. this could be a cool camp like set up… maybe in groops in remote areas, its nice. look into standing one up with a door cut into side for out door shower. etc.

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  36. diane June 30, 2007 at 9:08 am

    reminds me of a catacomb… claustrophobic..you have to be joking …..stackable.. sorry this is stupid..

  37. Bill June 29, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    Pardon my staidness, but it reminds me of homeless people sleeping in storm drains — the night of a 10-year-return flood event.

    So sue me for designing for disaster and not for hippness. :-P

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  39. Jack73t June 27, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    I agree with djfred….it’s not supposed to be a five star hotel….and it’s better than a tent. But what does “staid” mean?

  40. EM June 27, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    I love it!

  41. ch June 27, 2007 at 11:46 am

    I’m w/ djfred – it’s like upscale camping – so quitchyerwhining!

  42. djudon June 27, 2007 at 11:38 am

    I think it is an interesting idea, but it needs a little more thought. Better ventilation and more private bathroom facilities would be necessary for me to stay there. I’m sure with more tweeking the concept could really take off in the U.S.

  43. djfred June 26, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    It’s not supposed to be a permanent residence. It’s a low-cost, easily maintained and versatile hotel room for adventurous novelty seekers, like the iceHotel, airpod, or even a log cabin for that matter. Since when did Inhabitat readers become so staid? :)
    And since the only thing that’s even remotely flammable is the bed unit, it seems that if it caught on fire, you could simply get up and walk out the door.

  44. Christopher P. June 26, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Maybe this is European eco-chic, but this unit has all the amenity of an air-raid shelter, or sleeping under a bridge. I suspect any significant design ingenuity is in the SITE PLANNING and infrastructure design, with the “hostel in a park” concept implied. Maybe it could be “theme parked” with the design community’s favorite scavenged/salvaged/repurposed industrial cast-offs: appliance boxes, up-turned septic tanks, and of course, for family and group rates, the ever-popular shipping container. Between the world wars of the last century, in the U.S. they were called “hobo jungles” and “Hoovervilles”. What would be the trendy 21st century moniker — “squatopia”? Or perhaps “repo-repose”? Must we always appear to be scrambling to live on a dystopian fringe? Why use trendy design-thinking to replicate conditions in the slums of Mumbai and Mexico City — albeit like Marie Antoinette’s laundered sheep, for “slumming’?

  45. Rob Bowers June 26, 2007 at 3:14 am

    Fire safe? Well at least the concrete won’t ignite! These would be great as respite for the night with nowhere else to go or for camping in inclement weather. As far as being hot in Summer, I’d put curved iron over the top with an air space and over hang the ends for shade and shelter. I would though love them as bike touring accomodation, if I could fit my bike safe inside with me.

  46. Aris June 25, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    Regarding ventilation, if you pay close attention, there’s a tiny window in the back wall. In regards with fire safety, I don’t think there’s any danger with them being in an open field.

  47. Evan June 25, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    and what about fire safety?

  48. Kenny June 25, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    If one end of the pipe was glazed that might improve the feeling of spaciousness which would other wise be lost because of the dark walls. Maybe they could utilize some LEC’s to illuminate the space.

  49. adora June 25, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    Looks cool, but I doubt there’s any environmental benefits.
    With all the high speed internet upgrades and future communication infrastructure, these pipes are better be reused. This kind of structure is often a business plot to lure ignorant consumers who believe consuming recycled is always best for the environment. The energy used to transport these pipes and upgrading them to dwelling standards is not worth the recycling. They also get very hot in summer and very cold in winter, which is very bad design idea that will increase future energy consumption.
    May work as pool cabanas, but not hotels.
    The only benefit I see is its publicity, it may interest more people to green life style.

  50. Walt Barrett June 25, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    With some slight modifications for light and ventilation the idea is fantastic! I would put some clear plastic windows with vents in the door, and the opposite end, and a vent stack to draft in fresh air in the round hole on the top instead of the side. Face the vents into the prevailing breeze.
    A little fresh air and light from those modifications would make all the difference. I could envision a chain of those units all over the USA and Europe for low budget summer tourists on bikes etc. Its totally genius, simple and very economical shelter.
    A + !
    Walt
    The Next Billionaires Will Be Green by Walt Barrett

  51. Drew June 25, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Peter makes a good point- the word recycle is often misused. The phrase ‘Reduce Reuse Recycle’ lists these activities in their order of importance. For something to be recycled it has to be ground up, melted down, shredded, etc. and made into something new- a production CYCLE i.e. plastic soda bottles into car bumpers. This process uses energy just as making something from scratch, but involves less resource extraction. To reuse something is better, less production energy is used and no resource extraction is involved. We used to call it salvage, now there are all sorts of hip terms (reclaim, repurpose etc) the mean more or less the same thing. Finally it’s best to just use less stuff whether it’s gasoline, soda cans or concrete pipes.

  52. Whistler June 25, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Yuck ….close the door and then see how it might feel, no windows, no ventilation, I’m getting sweaty just thinking about it. I’d worry some youg punks would push me down the hill while I slept.

  53. nick June 25, 2007 at 11:58 am

    I think this idea would be great for a shed in my backyard. It might be hard to collect rainwater for my rain barrel though.

  54. osi June 25, 2007 at 11:56 am

    slightly retarded

  55. djfred June 25, 2007 at 10:17 am

    That’s the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen. Really. I’d pay to stay there. In fact I want one of those in my back yard.

  56. Peter Hoh June 25, 2007 at 9:04 am

    Recycled or repurposed? I think it’s an important distinction. If they weren’t used, can they be described as recycled? I don’t think so. If these pipes failed to pass inspection and were slated to be crushed or otherwise disposed of, then this is an environmentally friendly repurposing, but it still isn’t recycling.

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