Oil Rig Pods Become Uber Hip Hotels

Travel News — By christinegarvin on September 19, 2011 at 9:43 am

This may be recycling at its best.

Denis Oudendijk, garbage architect, decided to take discarded oil rig escape pods and turn them into floating hotel rooms. The orange mini-floating submarines can be your way of connecting to the emergency situations around oil drilling of yesteryear.

For only $100 a night, you and up to two of your friends can sleep and peer out from a small square window in one of these capsules, which are located in The Hague. We’re guessing you might also be able to float along some of the waterways Holland is famous for.

Image: Capsule Hotel

As a bonus, you’ll be able to read the original instructions for using a flare gun in both Dutch and English inside your pod.

Still, we’re not sure it’s as luxurious as the recycled hotel rooms made from old wine barrels, located in – once again – Holland. Then there’s the temporary hotel that was set up in Rome in 2010, which was made from 12 tons of trash. German artist HA Schult created the hotel – made from discarded toys, cans, car exhaust pipes, cameras, socks, and soccer balls – in order to call attention to the massive amount of trash found on beaches.

As for the oil rig escape pods, there are more than a couple to go around for you and your friends, since Oudendijk has purchased quite a few of them (which range in cost from $1,400 to $6,000). Maybe they can add some recycled Zen artifacts in order to take away that WWII bunker-on-the-sea feeling?

Tags: floating hotel, Holland, oil rigs, recycled hotels, recycling, The Hague

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