Film festivals, music festivals and other big events can draw crowds in the thousands to tiny towns where hotels rooms are a rare commodity. Festival-goers often have to plan months in advance or pay buckets of money for a substandard room. Dutch designer Emmy Polkamp, a recent graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven, is working on a pop-up hotel concept that could put an end to this problem. The To Many Places project, a new twist on glamping, puts tent-style hotel rooms inside abandoned buildings during events.
Polkamp got the idea from a trip she took to Slovenia. “There I slept in a hotel that was located in a beautiful anti-squat building,” Polkamp told Dezeen, “but the owner told me he had to stop the hotel because he could no longer make use of this location.” To raise awareness about abandoned buildings while also providing alternative accommodation, Polkamp decided to create rooms that could move.
Each of Polkamp’s mobile hotel rooms is a tall tent that can be easily folded up and stored in two large wooden crates. When the hotel is in operation, the storage boxes become the bed frame and also provide a convenient space for luggage. The rooms also include a hanging clothes rail.
A communal kitchen area, created from a kitchen island on wheels, holds food for hotel guests. Each sliding drawer has a number on it that corresponds to the guests’ room numbers and the drawers also contain recipe cards for cooking communal meals. A two-burner gas camping stove, pots and dishes are also provided.
To test the concept, Polkamp hosted a small outdoor concert and movie night in the courtyard of an abandoned church. She is currently raising money to create six more tents through Crowd About Now, a Dutch crowdfunding site. Polkamp’s project was on display during Dutch Design Week 2015, as part of the Design Academy Eindhoven graduate exhibition.
Images via Iris Rijskamp