TuboHotel / T3arc

Luis Gordoa

Architects: T3arc
Location: Tepoztlán, Mexico
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 220 sqm
Photographs: Luis Gordoa

The idea came when we built Cafe Five, where we saw the need to adapt an inexpensive room for users. In our search for solutions, we found Desparkhotel, the work of the architect Andreas Strauss in 2006, using recycled pipes for hotel rooms. Our client decided to make a hotel with the same characteristics as the Desparkhotel on a ground that is located on the outskirts of Tepoztlan, with excellent panoramic views of the Sierra del Tepozteco. Located in a wooded setting of unusual features, the surrounding environment provides an unique natural environment and for our project.

Luis Gordoa

The goal was to have the ability to build a fast and affordable hotel that offered lodging for Tepoztlan tourist. With a projection of 20 rooms, we began building the first modules. Unlike the hotel of Andreas Strauss, we place the rooms (tubes) in three modules to harness the ground as possible much as possible.

Luis Gordoa

Our office was commissioned to do a general plan and build the first module 3 tubocretos then Tubohotel administration was responsible for building the remaining modules. The order of the tubes is random with respect to the topography. Construction took place over a period of 3 months.

General Plan

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Cite: "TuboHotel / T3arc" 04 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=147712>
  • anon

    Please tell me this is a joke…

  • Olivier Hortensius

    when somebody is sleeping you should make a hole so the tube begins to role.

    but that’s an enormes bed if i guess about 2.5*2.5.

  • mvb

    I think the idea is interesting and the rooms are very cozy. However, it would be better to use a longer module, or two single modules in order to include a private toilet and a small closet to make it more convenient. It is a really nice place for backpackers or low budget customers.

  • camilo

    i would like to see the bathroom modules and the connection to the rooms…. in terms of privacy. perhaps other combinations could be done to create ensuit showers/ toilets

  • ariana roberts

    sleepin’ in a pipe- definitely different; i’d be willing to stay there, though. looks cool