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Snoozebox: the transportable, temporary hotel

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The buildings of the 2012 Olympic Games were designed to be temporary. The most temporary of all have already packed up and moved on.

London and its Olympic Committee did a good job of planning for the temporary nature of the games. Most of the structures have after Games strategies to decrease in size or house other functions. One part of the village is already on the move to another major event. Snoozebox, the shipping container based hotel that housed security personnel during the 2012 Summer Games, has set up camp at the Edinburgh Festival.

Combining two popular and successful trends of microhotels and pop-up buildings, Snoozebox offers portable hotels in shipping containers. The rooms, two to four per container, are self contained and fully serviced with power, water, and internet so they don't require any connections to utilities on site. With an aesthetic similar to the portable Sleepbox resting rooms, Snoozebox offers many of the same amenities. The standard sized containers mean that they can loaded and transported to any location, which make the hotels perfect for traveling events with lots of spectators or staff, as well as quick response for disaster relief.

The rooms come in basic to luxury models and the UK based company provides all the booking and concierge services of a hotel. Once the containers arrive on site, they are fully operational and ready for guests in 48 hours.

Earlier this year, Snoozebox Holdings was admitted to London’s Alternative Investment Market stock exchange, and the Finantial Times reports that the companys shares were up 21 percent during the Olympic Games.

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Images: Courtesy Snoozebox

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Sun Kim

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Contributing Editor Sun Joo Kim is an architect and creative consultant based in Boston. Her projects include design and master planning of museums, public institutions, hospitals, and university buildings across the U.S. She holds a degree from Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure