These days it’s common to see shipping containers transformed into homes and restaurants. But not until now have we seen this. Meet LIGHTHOUSE, a fully functioning one-room mobile hotel. The 8’x20′ space is a beacon for urban ecotourism and a postcard for sustainability.
Built for year-round use in Minnesota, LIGHTHOUSE features a spray foam shell, triple-paned windows and doors, solar powered HVAC, all LED lighting and hydronic inflow heat. It also includes a 250-gallon water tank, on-demand water heater and bio-filter liquid waste storage that functions a shower and toilet. An online public digital dashboard maps water, power and waste usage, guest experiences and the LIGHTHOUSE’s itinerary.
Lighthouse made its premiere at Mia’s “Third Thursday: Art of Sustainability” event on May 19. Since then, it’s been on display at Northern Spark, an annual dusk-to-dawn arts festival, and will continue to move throughout the Twin Cities.
Photos from Alchemy Architects