Perhaps surprisingly, massive shipping containers can serve many needs when they’re repurposed in a whole new way. For example, we’ve seen people create gardens and grow fresh fruits and vegetables in urban areas. They also have been repurposed as full-fledged tiny homes, spare studio spaces, and most recently, a skirt resort. That's right: A ski resort in Eastern Europe is made out of literal shipping containers.
The Quadrum Ski and Yoga Resort in Gudauri, Georgia, gives us two reasons why it’s beneficial for the environment. Not only is it mostly made out of repurposed shipping containers, meaning that they cut out the need for new materials and subsequent waste, but it’s located in an area that impacts the least amount of space. How so? The ski resort is built as a five-level pyramid structure and it descends down the side of a mountain.
Steel supports are used to keep the building intact. The main reason to use steel is that it’s 100 percent recyclable and the product doesn’t degrade. These supports could be melted down and formed into something completely different. It also takes around 30 percent less energy to create steel compared to other alternatives.
Guests don’t suffer any setbacks by staying inside their personal storage container. Each of the rooms include beautiful wood paneling and panoramic windows. Options include a single room, double room, family suite for five people, or a deluxe suite. Every room that’s a double standard or higher features a large balcony to enjoy the mountain views. The deluxe suite has an extra terrace and a Jacuzzi.
Breakfast is included and there’s an additional lobby bar to relax in. With free Wi-Fi available, people can enjoy their favorite activities when taking a break in their rooms. For those heading to the mountains, there’s ski lifts that are just a five-minute walk away from the resort. Coming next year, there will be additional rooms for yoga training, a swimming pool, and a sauna.
Living in a shipping container has been catching on. In fact, people can simply order a “tiny home” that’s made from a new shipping container directly off of Amazon. They can easily be customized to fit your needs and they have options for renewable energy. It runs close to $40,000 including shipping, which isn’t bad for an interior of 320 square feet.
For those not wanting to commit full-time to a shipping container, the repurposed ski resort in Georgia sounds like an amazing opportunity to check out. It provides a quality getaway and it minimizes its impact on the environment with recyclable material.
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