DISTRICT HIVE, THE WORLD’S FIRST CAPSULE HOTEL, IS LOCATED IN GRANADA, SPAIN

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Christian Stan, at 16 Sep. 21, in News, Where to go next

The tourism revolution has begun and is emerging from the heart of the Gorafe desert, in Granada (Spain). There, a state-of-the-art tourist project has just been launched aiming to change the current concept we have of luxury accommodation for travellers seeking the experience of total disconnection from the outside world, through deep immersion in the environment.

The revolution is called District Hive (www.districthive.com) and has arrived with the aim of expanding; because this capsule hotel (also called podtel) is just the pilot project of many others that will conquer the most remote and beautiful corners of the planet.

District Hive is the first 100% self-sufficient and transportable module that can be deployed on any terrain, even where construction is not possible. This module, created by the Spanish studio MOHO Arquitectos, has been designed from a multidisciplinary perspective and understands tourism in a sustainable, ecological and responsible way. It enhances the value of nature by accessing it without leaving a trace. The environmental impact on the area is zero since no local resources are consumed. Once removed, the location would remain in the same state in which it was previously found.

This eco-hotel is able to generate its own water from the air, its own electricity from solar energy, has enough energy to power it for 4 days without sun, has its own sewage management by transforming waste into ashes, and grey waters are filtered through two filtering processes so that the water serves as irrigation water. The complete autonomy of the module makes common and complementary services unnecessary, thus optimizing resources and ensuring a reduction in the carbon footprint.

A versatile construction with a focus on design

The podtel is a fully industrialized construction that is offered finished, transported to the site and in a few hours is ready to be used. It does not touch the ground on which it sits, has no foundations and does not require any type of channeling, piping or sanitation. The support system developed has 6 legs that, like a spaceship, rest on the ground.

The building is a small module of 35m2 divided into several spaces: a bathroom, a kitchen-living-dining room, a bedroom (one double bed and two hidden single beds), multifunctional modular cabinets and shelves, and a small and necessary installation room where all the technical equipment is concentrated. The podtel also has an open terrace for stargazing. In addition, all the furniture, storage spaces, walls and finishes, have been made with the utmost detail and care so that the final result was a design, intentionally pursuing an image of luxury and warmth.

The tourism of the future bets on Artificial Intelligence

Automation and the use of new technologies are essential for the development of the podtel. A mobile App controls all devices and provides information on remaining energy levels, solar production, temperature, water quality, water production… It also controls, among other things, the opening of doors, interior odour, lighting, sound, TV, the purchase of food and drink on demand, or the temperature. All from this App, called “DISTRICTHIVE“: www.districthive.com/app.php

The capsule is controlled by an Artificial Intelligence, called “Hivemind”. It has its own in-built system and motherboard that monitors all systems and energy consumption. It is intuitive and will assist guests throughout their stay to ensure a high-tech and connected experience, while they relax and enjoy the wonderful scenery in absolute privacy.

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