In a box

TEAM: Roxanne Edwards, Adam Milsom – David Brain Partnership


The irregular composition on the site distinguishes the structure from its context and creates a modern space-age design punching the landscape. Large boats assemble the hotel with an onboard crane to fully maximize the quality resources and assemble the hotel with speed and ease. The hotel can grow and be added to overtime by adding more containers.

The principle theme of the project is to generate transitional spaces between outside and inside connect people with views and outside spaces. The hotel is located on an unused plot of land which has never seen any development due to its size. The site is 19 meters wide with a length from 35 to 48 meters. Various transport networks and local sites of interest allowing for good connections to the area and wider sites of Bristol surround the site.

The fluidity of the spaces connects to the landscape. The large angular roof lights progressively get smaller as you navigate yourself through the public spaces and into the private spaces that intertwine you to the building. Currently in the immediate surrounding area there is a lack of community resources and quality public spaces therefore creating a hub with the hotel allows for a Varity of public spaces from work and study spaces to bar and restaurant space with quality outside and well configured spaces.

The building consists of a low-rise hotel consisting of three stories. The ground floor is predominately public space with the far end as hostel rooms. The flexible room configurations provide a variety of quality well thought out spaces for cheap but comfortable accommodation for travels, students to business and families. The Residence’s rooms are distributed on two main levels. The residents have direct access and security-control entrances to their rooms and higher levels. The two main stair cores at either end of the building can access the rooms. A network of high walkways links the rooms with views through the triple height spaces. The room sizes range from singular pods containing just beds and communal showers to private rooms with Juliet balconies to the larger family


The cheap, lightweight, and readily available materials provide a perfect basis for the hotel creating a strong but flexible structure. External walls are insulated trapezoid panels and interior walls are corrugated metal to give you the feel no mater where you are of the structure of the hotel.

Insulated panels are used as cladding and internal walls (placed back to back) to keep the trapezoidal theme throughout the building.

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