2014, Mannheim, Germany
With: Rúben Teodoro, Ricardo Morais, Sebastião de Botton, João Peixe
The Shabby Shabby Hotel was a competition launched by Raumlabor.
The main idea for this contest was to create a mobile room. The concept originated in research that we have done on the invention of the first bicycle and automobile both of which happened in Mannheim. This led to the creation of a mobile object alluding to these facts, The Yellow Submarine Hotel.
Discover a city
The best way to discover and explore a city is to transport your room to the different sites, especially because you will need help from the local residents and thus meet them in the process. This allows the traveller to stay in selected locations or somewhere else in the city.
The room is a submarine for backpackers with a single bed and a vestibule. The submarine idea explores various aspects that are well suited for this hotel room. Mobility helps the user to explore the city and interact directly with the residents. Using only water tanks as the main material, the room is guaranteed to be weather resistant, like a submarine. And you can even see the city from inside the room by using the two hatches or, even better, the city-sight-periscope.
The translucent cubes allow natural daylight inside and also create a flashing, glowing effect by night with the help of yellow battery lights that shows the presence of the yellow submarine.
The main materials of the room are all re-usable and can be found easily in any factory/industry around Mannheim, such as: 1000L water tanks; pvc pipes; washing-machine doors and wheels.
Do you want to build it?
List of materials needed:
- 4 1000l water tanks
- pvc pipes
- wheels (with axle)
- 2 washing machine doors
- MDF board
- small rectangular mirror for the periscope
- rectangular mirror
- yellow led lights (batteries)
- white plastic paint
- metal clamps
- hexagon bolts with nut
- 2 jigsaws with plastic/metal and wood blades
- 1 battery screwdriver
- drills for Plastic and metal
- 2 rivet tools
- a monkey-wrench set
design by WAREHOUSE