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Let the Hotel Roll

Let the Hotel Roll

The small Norwegian city of Åndalsnes is a point of entry for tourists headed towards the country's stunning fjords, but the city itself needs an overhaul. Enter Jagnefält Milton Architects and their unique design for a "rolling masterplan": a totally revolutionary way of re-organizing the city that will utilize existing train tracks to move new buildings–in this case, simple boxes on wheels–into new positions based on season and events.

Let the Hotel Roll

The proposal, which took third place in the design contest hosted by Åndalsnes, included everything from a concert hall to a public hall, but the most interesting part to us is the rolling hotel.

Rolling Hotel, Norway

The rooms would be simple, minimally furnished cabins that would group in the city center during the winter and move along in the tracks in the summer, taking guests out of the city and into the countryside.

Let the Hotel Roll

The designers made the cabins of varying widths and heights based on their function. The large tower you see on the far left is the hotel restaurant followed by the kitchen, first aid cabin, locker, and sauna. The hotel would offer a suite, double room, single room, and loft for guests. Despite the modern appeareance, this "rolling hotel" is very similar in spirit to old-fashioned trains with their deluxe dining and sleeping coaches.

Let the Hotel Roll

Should this proposal ever become a reality, it might be possible to take in some of Norway's most stunning views without ever leaving your hotel room. Just don't rock the cabin while it's on the bridge! MT

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  • Yehudit

    June 20, 2013

    Unreal. As an expert on vacations and vacation planning myself, I love being surprised by clever new ideas. This one is by far the best I’ve seen in a long, long time. How did this only win 3rd place? 1st place must have been unbelieveable… Its incredible how this hotel can singlehandedly revolutionize how people relate to comfort, location, appeal, ‘excitement factor’, and the uniqueness of a vacation stay and story! I would love to stay in the rolling hotel in the future!

  • I think it’s gonna be fun! I’m excited about the rolling hotel room but quite doubtful about concert hall and other huge public building. But then, nothing is impossible with modern technology.

  • Phillip

    May 17, 2013

    Things like this never cease to remind me what incredible times we are living in where we are rarely even limited by our own imaginations. I love the idea of this and am one of those rare people who finds the clipping of passing cross ties in rail riding incredibly soothing and peaceful. Great blog! Sharing with my friends.

  • Gina

    April 29, 2013

    Very cool!  I hope they get this project past the planning stage, I would LOVE to stay there.

  • Mridul

    March 30, 2013

    Very nice article.
    This shows how creative we humans are.

    I would really love to visit this place. 🙂

  • Ruth H.

    November 12, 2012

    Whoa–this is totally futuristic and awesome! I think my favorite part of this concept (besides the idea of literally staying in a hotel room ON A LAKE) is the fact that designers are trying to make use of pre-existing structures. What a sustainable way to pay homage to the history of these buildings. Do you know a good site where I can read more about this project, or similar ones? This is simply fascinating. Thanks!

  • Penny Wright

    September 13, 2012

    Clever idea which could be interpreted into reality.

  • Doyle Stafford

    April 25, 2012

    You gotta love it. What a fascinating concept. As an architect, I find it refreshing and in keepung with the European’s penchant for alternative reuse of existing structures. Only in Europe will you find a former mountainside convent converted to a hotel (Lake Como) or a former prison with great views (Nice). This idea is in keeping with that innovative tradition.

  • That takes rail travel to a whole new level.

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