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Brief Published: 16 Jan 2019

New Eco Hotel That Can Travel Around the World


As demand for sustainable travel continues to snowball, hotel brands are creating inventive eco-concepts that offer guests increased flexibility and comfort. Demonstrating this approach, French hotel group AccorHotels has launched Flying Nest – a modular eco-hotel concept that can travel around the world.

Conceived by French designer Ora-ïto, Flying Nest is a collection of repurposed shipping containers that each contain a living area, bedroom and bathroom. The spaces are connected by terraces, encouraging socialisation among guests.

The modular hotel can be completely dismantled and moved from one location to another. So far, the hotel has been prototyped in Clairefontaine (where the French national football team trains) and the Rencontres d'Arles photography festival (also in France), where it was assembled on the beach alongside a DJ, bar and food trucks. It has most recently been moved to ski resort Avoriaz, which is located 1,800m high in the French Alps, enabling guests to step out of their rooms and straight onto the slopes.

Every part of the hotel has been designed with sustainability in mind, with each module clad in environmentally friendly wood, painted with eco-certified paint, and furnished using fair-trade suppliers. The cabins are also powered with green energy and re-use recycled grey water.

The hotel is currently being offered as a B2B solution for event organisers, festivals, exhibits and corporate clients, but the brand plans to open the concept up to the wider public later in 2019.

For earlier examples of high-end roaming accommodation concepts, see Travel for the Agile Elite, and for more on how hotel designers are putting sustainability at the heart of their concepts, see Exploring Eco-Tourism.