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These days it’s common to see a shipping container transformed into a tiny house, hotel or restaurant. 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.

Take a look!

LIGHTHOUSE hotel room

LIGHTHOUSE was designed by Geoffrey Warner, AIA, principal and owner of Minneapolis-based Alchemy Architects. It was constructed by University of Minnesota College of Design’s School of Architecture students alongside Warner and a team of design/build professionals.
University of Minnesota Design School students

Students from the University of Minnesota College of Design’s School of Architecture.

Built for year-round use in Minnesota, the LIGHTHOUSE tiny house and hotel 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.


Entryway with Shelter magazine stand

The entryway featuring Room & Board’s Shelter magazine stand.

Room & Board furnished the tiny space with modern accents, including our Etna Convertible Sleeper Sofa, Ike Tables, Shelter Magazine Standaccent pillows and bedding.

Room & Board bedding and pillows

The bed featuring Room & Board bedding and pillows.

Etna Convertible Sleeper sofa with Ike Tables

Room & Board’s Etna Convertible Sleeper Sofa and Ike tables.

Room & Board bedding featured in picture of the bathroom

A peek into the modern bathroom.

LIGHTHOUSE at Northern Spark

LIGHTHOUSE at Northern Spark, the annual dusk-to-dawn arts festival.

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. Check it out to see if you could live in a tiny house!

Photos from Alchemy Architects

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1 Comment

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