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Offshore Oil Rig Escape Pods Used as Floating Hotel Rooms In the Netherlands

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On September 8, 2011 @ 8:20 am In Architecture,Eco Tourism,Environment,Gallery,Green Building,Innovation,Recycled Materials | 1 Comment

Oil Rig escape pods, survival capsules, Capsule Hotel, the netherlands, floating hotel, denis oudendijk

Initially, Oudendijk had a plan to travel around Europe via water to look for local waste to turn into something desirable, and to have something to leave behind to amaze the locals. A boat [1] of course would have been a natural mode of transportation, but Oudendijk needed something that was enclosed and could function as both a house and a laboratory. He came upon an escape pod and found that he could afford it, plus it was exactly in line with what he was doing – reusing industrial waste [2] in a new way.

Eventually, Oudendijk found more survival capsules and changed his project into floating hotel rooms [3] so other people could experience what he had. The view from that low in the water is quite different than up on a boat, and he wanted to share that with others.

His grand idea is to have a whole community of these floating survival pods, but the pods can be on the expensive side if they need to be transported a distance. But for now, two survival pods are located at the F.A.S.T. (Free Architecture Surf Terrain) [4] surfers village and beach hostel on Scheveningen in Den Haag. The capsule rooms are one of many creative structures in which you can rent at F.A.S.T.. [5] Lonely Planet considers it one of the most obscure places to stay the night, but we think it might be one of the safest and worthwhile.

+ Capsule Hotel [6]

+ Denis Oudendijk at Refunc [7]

Via Treehugger [8]

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[1] boat: http://inhabitat.com/giant-boat-shaped-houses-in-encinitas-california-may-not-be-what-you-think/

[2] reusing industrial waste: http://inhabitat.com/tag/cargotecture

[3] floating hotel rooms: http://inhabitat.com/boggsville-boatel-turns-defunct-boats-into-floating-hotels-for-nyc/

[4] F.A.S.T. (Free Architecture Surf Terrain): http://www.fastscheveningen.com/content.php?mnu=1

[5] F.A.S.T..: http://inhabitat.com/artist-in-residence-studio-made-from-shipping-containers/

[6] + Capsule Hotel: http://capsulehotel.info/index.html

[7] + Denis Oudendijk at Refunc: http://www.refunc.nl/index.php

[8] Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/09/oil-rig-escape-pods-become-a-floating-hotel.php

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