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A very unusual stay for the night – Shelter ByGG

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If finding a place to stay that’s unique is something you seek, there are treehouse hotels, an airplane that’s been converted into a hotel, a dockside crane cum luxury hideway, even a classic car-themed hotel. Another offering to the unique, where art and sculpture intertwine, is the Shelter ByGG, a portable shelter installation by Portuguese designer Gabriela Gomes.

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This “hotel room” gives a nod to sustainability in that it’s made from 100 percent non-polluting and recycled materials such as cork along with solar roof panels to supply the module with energy.

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Gomes’ idea is “converting sculptural objects into design objects”, turning them into products that can be used every day. This fascinating getaway space is a double room with an integrated WC, assuring both comfort and privacy. This temporary space, considered by the artist as a portable “itinerant object,” is currently on display in the center of Guimarães, Portugal. Adventurous guests can make reservations online at Shelter ByGG, with accommodation for two people costing €100 (US$126) for an interesting night’s stay.

Debra Atlas is a freelance environmental writer and eco-enthusiast based in Northern California, and is the Red Ferret’s Ecological Editor. Debra looks for the upside of eco-change – what’s positive, making a difference. She hunts down those interesting things cooked up by creative minds, especially if they’re strange and eccentric.

Debra Atlas – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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  • I can just see this silly thing rolling down a big hill.

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