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Lookotels Seeks to Roll Out Prefabricated Capsule Hotels in Spain

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On November 5, 2010 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Green Building,Prefab Housing | 2 Comments

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Capsule hotels [2] are all the rage in Japan, and now Lookotels [3] is aiming to bring the prefabricated modular building trend to Spain. The company has envisioned a 100-room hotel composed of factory-built capsules that could be constructed in less than 6 months. Lookotels coined the term “lowxurious” to describe their budget hotels, which are energy-efficient, low-cost, and low-maintenance.

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Lookotels [3] consist of a series of prefabricated modular [5] capsules that are connected together to form the entire hotel. Since they would be constructed off-site in a factory, overall build times and costs would be minimized and the quality and efficiency of construction would be maximized. The designers expect that a 100 room hotel could be built in less than 6 months.

Modular rooms [6] would vary in size from 9.7 sq meters for a single up to 12.1 sq meters for a premium room. Each unit would be self-sufficient and include a sofa bed, TV, a desk, a chair, a WIFI connection, a telephone, air conditioning, a bathroom, and automated controls. The entire hotel is automated with self check-in and out kiosks, a built-in safety system, and a 24-hour customer service telephone line will keep guests comfortable. Staff requirements would be low, thus further reducing operational costs. Energy-efficient sustainable design [7] also plays a huge role in the hotel — it has an expected energy savings of 40% compared to average hotels.

Lookotels is currently looking for investors and is hoping to roll out 10 of these modular prefab hotels [8] in Spain before expanding around the world. Their goal is to produce a hotel that is simple, economical, and sustainable without compromising on quality.

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/11/05/lookotels-a-prefabricated-capsule-hotel-concept/lookotels-lead01/

[2] Capsule hotels: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/05/04/modern-prefab-nakagin-capsule-towers/

[3] Lookotels: http://www.lookotels.com/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/11/05/lookotels-a-prefabricated-capsule-hotel-concept/lookotels-4/

[5] modular: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/17/gen7s-prefab-eco-classrooms-exceed-energy-code-by-30/

[6] Modular rooms: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/03/v100-mod-box-the-next-generation-in-prefab-design/

[7] sustainable design: http://inhabitat.com/sustainable-building

[8] modular prefab hotels: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/23/dune-hotel-provides-prefab-accommodation-where-you-want-to-be/

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