St. Paul, Minnesota

The LightHotel is a beacon for ecotourism and sustainable living in the Twin Cities. This transportable hotel room moves as the flow of the city requires, occupying places both celebrated and ignored.

The interior is efficient and luxe, making the most of limited space within the salvaged 8′ x 20′ shipping container. Built for the year-round Minnesota climate, it features a spray foam shell, triple-glazed Andersen E-Series windows and doors, solar powered HVAC, LED lighting and hydronic infloor heat. The water system is self-contained, with a 250-gallon water tank that supplies an on-demand water heater and bio-filter for grey water. A high-end, roomy shower and separate toilet keep a body happy.

Mechanical detritus and applied typographic overlays entertain and provide functional insight. An online public digital dashboard will map guest experiences and the LightHotel's itinerary, educating LightHotel guests on conservation and sustainability as stats are shared via social media.


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Geoffrey Warner

Alchemy Architects

Led by Alchemy and weeHouse founder Geoffrey Warner, AIA, the LightHotel is part of an ongoing effort to celebrate and create new paradigms for efficient living.