King County Parks just finished a new, comfortable and ecologically-sound camping structure that was created from a 24-foot-long used cargo container. The project, dubbed “Re-Tain” was developed by Joel Egan of HyBrid Arc, a Seattle-based design firm. The cargotecture retreat won King County Parks’ Little Footprint/Big Forest design contest in 2011, which called for sustainable designs for a camper using only a shipping container.

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“Re-Tain” is now located alongside the Snoqualmie River at Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation, Washington and it’s available for overnight reservations. The camping container sits nestled between tall trees, near the footbridge connecting the east and west portions of the park, at the confluence of the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers.

The camping container features an adaptable floor plan with a full-sized bunk bed, plus a table and multi-purpose cabinet made from deconstructed kitchen parts and reclaimed materials that can be moved outside to create more floor space inside. Other re-claimed materials include old soccer goals that were converted into a green wall and an old door that is now the kitchen table. The contained is also lit with LED lightbulbs.

Interested in booking “Re-Tain” for your next camping trip? The cost for an overnight stay is $50. Visit King County Parks website of call 206-205-5434 to make a reservation.

+ King County Parks

+ HyBrid Arc

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