Germany’s First Shipping Container Hotel Reveals Exciting Features

German’s first upcycling hostel opened up in 2017, being the result of the collaboration between studios Holzer Kobler ArchitekturenKinzo Architekten GmbH.  You can find it in the Warnemünde area in Rostock, Germany. Its design was partly influences by the close surroundings, given that the site is in the close proximity or the local harbor and shipyard. This resulted in a design with strong industrial vibes, rough charm and a few nautical influences. The Dock Inn hostel&hotel was constructed out of reclaimed and repurposed shipping containers of different types and sizes and offers 64 rooms with 188 beds in total.

Given the nature of this container hotel, some of the units are quite small but that only helps them appear more invitingView in gallery
Given the nature of this container hotel, some of the units are quite small but that only helps them appear more inviting
In addition to the 64 rooms and suites, the hotel also includes common areas for entertainment and relaxationView in gallery
In addition to the 64 rooms and suites, the hotel also includes common areas for entertainment and relaxation
The interior of the containers is divided into various sections of different proportions and with different layoutsView in gallery
The interior of the containers is divided into various sections of different proportions and with different layouts

The containers were painted in four different colors and are also of four different types. The container hotel thus includes a series of single units, double rooms with four beds each as well as suites with eight beds which were created by welding together two containers. There’s also a series of public, communal spaces such as the reception area, the bar, an open restaurant and a spa. Even though everything about this structure screams industrial, the hotel also has a wonderfully welcoming and comforting vibe which makes guests feel at home.

The open restaurant allows the guests to create their own recipes in a controlled environmentView in gallery
The open restaurant allows the guests to create their own recipes in a controlled environment
This is an example of a double room with four beds in total and a shared storage cabinetView in gallery
This is an example of a double room with four beds in total and a shared storage cabinet
The hotel has a very strong industrial look given by both the overall structure and design and by the locationView in gallery
The hotel has a very strong industrial look given by both the overall structure and design and by the location
The overall style of this container hotel is a blend of modern and industrial with a casual and friendly auraView in gallery
The overall style of this container hotel is a blend of modern and industrial with a casual and friendly aura
The strong color tones give each container character and a fresh and exciting vibeView in gallery
The strong color tones give each container character and a fresh and exciting vibe
All the exposed metal surfaces are constantly balanced out by warm wood accent featuresView in gallery
All the exposed metal surfaces are constantly balanced out by warm wood accent features
A wonderful yet not entirely unexpected detail is the presence of large, full-height windows which let in sunlight and panoramic viewsView in gallery
A wonderful yet not entirely unexpected detail is the presence of large, full-height windows which let in sunlight and panoramic views