Some 60 years ago, a visionary named Guy Dessauges spoke of cylindrical housing — pods of sorts in which people would live an independent yet somehow communal existence in tubular spaces. His dreamlike designs of futuristic cave dwellings date back to the 1960s and have now begun springing to life in the form of hotels around the world.
In Tepotzlan, Mexico, stands TuboHotel, a smattering of single-unit cylinders each outfitted with a bed and cozy — albeit sparse — decor. They’re sans bathrooms, meaning guests must take a short walk to use the communal facilities offered on site; T3Arc is the architecture firm responsible for bringing the cylinders to life.
Accommodations are available starting at 300 pesos per night.
Similar concepts are emerging the world over, from Das Park hotel in Austria — another series of minimalist concrete cylindrical pods with spartan accommodations — and this 3D model, rendered and produced by T. Althoff in another step toward transforming a visionary’s ahead-of-his-time idea into today’s reality.