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The uber-industrial China exported over 3.2 million shipping containers last year alone, far too many to repurpose or recycle them all. The ambitious hotel, in a rural region outside of the city of Changzhi, transforms storage containers like these, into a luxury getaway.

The boutique hotel offers cozy rooms in fifty or one hundred square feet, with eight and a half foot ceilings. The rooms may be small, but comfort is not spared. Each is furnished with high quality sofas, fixtures and bedding, including traditional lanterns and furniture. Guests can also hang out in the shipping container lobby and restaurant, or watch a tea ceremony or music performance in the courtyards.

The pop-up hotel took just three months to design and install, exercising the alternative uses that facilities like these could have in disaster situations. The container hotels could also be designed in one city, and easily transported to another, making pop-up hotels possible anywhere.

The Xiang Xiang Pray House will open in August of 2012.

+ Tonghe Shanzi Landscape Design

Via Jetson Green