Set within a dense pine tree forest just meters away from unspoiled Uruguayan beaches is Container Design Loft, a luxurious bright red hotel made from piled up shipping containers. Created by chef/entrepreneur Alejandra Dellepiane, this fantastic one-of-a-kind high-class accommodation offers quality nouvelle cuisine, eco-tourism, active sports and relaxation, all while looking after the local environment. Container Design Loft offers visitors a new way to relax while enjoying organic delicacies and discovering new places -- it's a great opportunity to live in a dreamy eco-friendly home for a few days while exploring South America's incredible dunes and deep blue sea.
Argentine nouvelle cuisine chef and experienced entrepreneur Alejandra Dellepiane told Inhabitat how she moved to Los Angeles at the young age of 18 years old. After working for several high-end restaurants she started cooking privately for celebrities including Steven Spielberg, Blake Edwards, Julie Andrews, Danni de Vito, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Barbara Streisand.
After becoming pregnant with her first son, she decided to go back to South America, relocating with her family in bustling Punta del Este, a town famous for its pricy seaside homes, high-rise buildings, casinos, yacht harbor and amazing restaurants. Punta del Este is the perfect playground and meeting point for the international jet set — and for Alejandra’s energetic business ideas. Drawing on her wide experience with cooking for the rich and famous, Alejandra opened a very successful restaurant that quickly stood out from the crowd, offering innovative cuisine cooked with aromatic herbs — including fresh lemon basil, cinnamon and thyme she grew herself.
The restaurant quickly grew, and instead of managing her own business Alejandra decided to create the restaurant concept for star designer Philippe Stark’s luxurious Yoo Tower, which opened in Punta del Este two years ago.
After that incredible experience, she moved to the next town, the isolated fishermen town Jose Ignacio, and together with another chef, Emmanuel Romano and her architect father, created Container Design Loft, her latest project.
Made from four shipping containers, the luxury loft apartments have been tastefully decorated with 50s and 60s furniture that the host collected herself and refurbished through the years. Designed for couples or small families, each apartment contains a double room, a toilet, a living room and a kitchen. A solar water heater on the roof heats up the water, and all areas are illuminated by low-energy LEDs.
The project also created an enjoyable outside space that connect the visitors directly with the environment: the lower apartments have a view of the forest and the sea, while the top ones offer gorgeous marine views and brilliant night skies. A personalized tourism service makes it easy for guests to visit the infinite winding sand dunes, forests and local natural reserves, and they can also participate in tennis classes, golf, horseback riding, mountain biking and kite surfing.
The self-sustaining garden features local plants and offers an outdoor bubbling Jacuzzi — perfect for enjoying a relaxing afternoon after a day at the beach. There is also a vegetable patch, where Alejandra and her team grow different kinds of vegetables, edible flowers, and aromatic herbs they use for cocktails and cooking meals in the specially designed outdoor wood fire. Container Design Loft offers the perfect secluded eco-friendly accommodations to disconnect from everyday life and reconnect with nature.
Photo © Container Design Loft Jose ignacio