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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, using the city itself as its lobby.
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 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. It has a high-end shower and separate toilet to keep your body happy.
The container is adorned with mechanical detritus and applied typographic overlays to entertain and provide functional insight. An online public digital dashboard maps water, power and waste usage, guest experiences and the lightHotel’s itinerary. The dashboard serves to enlighten and educate the temporary lightHouse “keepers” on conservation and sustainability as usage is recorded and shared via social media. Led by Alchemy and weeHouse founder Geoffrey Warner, AIA, the lightHouse is part of an ongoing effort to celebrate and create new paradigms for efficient living.