Sleeping Around is a hotel made from shipping containers.

Each container is 20 feet long.

Some containers are bedrooms, complete with high-end bedding, a rain shower, an iPod docking station, and air conditioning.

Others are designed for eating meals or enjoying a sauna.

Rooms go for around 200 Euro.

The hotel has made just one appearance so far, showing at a design fair in Belgium before making its way to the center of Antwerp along the Scheldt River.

Sleeping Around’s plan is to have 30 container hotels traveling the world at a time.

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This Hotel Is Made Entirely Of Shipping Containers

Sleeping Around is a traveling boutique lodging that’s so fancy, you won’t even know you’re sleeping in the detritus of the global economy.

When future generations look back on the architecture of the early 21st century, will our time be thought of as the shipping container’s moment? The freight units have become the humble, environmentally friendly building blocks of everything from computer labs to clinics to prefab homes to emergency housing to a food truck to office conference rooms.

Now, a mobile, pop-up hotel concept in Belgium is incorporating shipping containers into a luxurious hospitality experience. Sleeping Around is a "hotel" composed of 20-foot-long recycled shipping containers. Some containers are bedrooms, complete with high-end bedding, a rain shower, an iPod docking station, and air conditioning. Others are designed for eating meals or enjoying a sauna.

"Until recently, an excess of Chinese sea containers have been rusting away in the port of Antwerp. That’s how the owners came up with the idea: to give them a second life and convert these containers into mobile hotel rooms, using only ecologically responsible materials," explains Sleeping Around’s Cloe Daem.

The hotel has traveled just in Belgium so far, showing at a design fair before making its way to the center of Antwerp along the Scheldt River. Rooms go for around 200 Euro, and Daem reports that business is busy: "We hope to travel around the world and to pop up on several great locations! Maybe one day we will have 30 containers traveling the world and going from city to city. Some advice: Keep an eye on our website."

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  • The Refinishing Touch

    What a creative reuse of unwanted materials. Well-designed
    and creatively considered spaces such as these make each of us reflect on the
    size of our individual footprint, and how we might live more sparingly. As well
    as the obvious positive environmental impact of reusing shipping containers,
    this also offers a whole new experience for hotel guests. From our
    background of working with hotels of all sizes (though possibly not ones quite
    this small), we know that hotel visitors are no longer looking for traditional
    value, service and comfort - they now also want to enjoy a unique
    experience.