hotello portable hotel room by antonio scarponi + roberto deluca
hotello portable hotel room by antonio scarponi + roberto deluca hotello portable hotel room by antonio scarponi + roberto deluca
mar 21, 2013

hotello portable hotel room by antonio scarponi + roberto deluca

‘hotello’ portable hotel room by antonio scarponi + roberto deluca



the 20th century left vast, abandoned, spaces in our cities – warehouses, factories, military barracks have been built and abandoned in a relatively short period of time. now, the contemporary city is elaborating new strategies to re-inhabit these empty shells.


designed by antonio scarponi in collaboration with visual artist roberto deluca for the swiss firm daskonzept, ‘hotello’, the 4 sqm unit is conceived to temporarily inhabit the empty lofts of the contemporary city. packed into a trunk, the portable space contains all the necessary elements needed to work and rest. it consists of a metal structure that supports a translucent and sound absorbent curtain. the volume can also be combined and aggregated in different configurations.


‘hotello’ will be presented at during milan design week 2013 at fabbrica del vapore from april 9th-14th.



the portable dwelling can be packed into a trunk for easy transportation



the privacy walls are composed of curtains


a bed and workspace are the main furnishings of the portable hotel room




‘hotello’ stored in a trunk unassembled

the entire contents of the room packed into a red trunk!

exploded sketch

individual parts of ‘hotello’

‘hotello’, sketch, 2013



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  • It looks good…But do you really think any one will ever use it and I don’t see, where will the person use it. Utility?

    Nicky says:
  • Excellent idea for emergency shelter – could easily set up heaps of these inside standiums, halls etc where residents may be forced to take shelter after natural disasters.

    TG says:
  • 0 privacy 0 bathroom, it is good that the storage module is on wheels, that way when your asleep someone can wheel it away without you knowing..

    morgan says:
  • the provocation is interesting and worth contemplating, however is this proposition anywhere close to what would would be required? perhaps too contrived and just too ‘stylish’ an answer. Agree with Nicky, who is the user?

    rogerbatemanR says:
  • Hospitals!

    Laura says:
  • Would the goal be to have many of these in a warehouse/unused space or for just a couple to easily be able to occupy and use such a space? The parallel to a cubicle is apparent but the ease of making use of a currently wasted space is appealing

    scot says:

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