German’s first upcycling hostel opened up in 2017, being the result of the collaboration between studios Holzer Kobler Architekturen, Kinzo 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. Image credit to Max Schroeder and Sebastian Dörken.
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.