November 17, 2016

October 2018: SOLD! Look for more information about its new ‘lobby’ near Cross Lake, Minnesota soon …

For Sale: The LightHotel has been traveling since May 2016 an it’s ready to find a permanent lobby. Click here for details.

The LightHotel, a one room mobile hotel, stands as a beacon for ecotourism and sustainable living in the Twin Cities. It moves as the flow of the city requires, occupying places both celebrated and ignored. The city itself is its lobby.

The interior is efficient and luxe, making the most of limited space within the salvaged 8′ x 20′ shipping container. Just like most hotel rooms, there’s no kitchen, so overnight guests order “room service” from nearby hot spots. 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 in-floor heat. The water system is self-contained, with a 250-gallon water tank that supplies an on-demand water heater and a bio-filter producing re-usable 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. To be realized: an online public digital dashboard to map guest experiences and the LightHotel’s itinerary, educating guests on conservation and sustainability. 

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.

Booking information and other details available on

News + Media

MN Tiny Home Pioneer Turns Container into [LightHotel Mobile Hotel Room]”  2018 video by Kirsten Dirksen

2017 LightHotel AIA-MN Honor Award Submission

2017 LightHotel Record House Award Submission