So-called ‘temporary’ architecture has to deal with  objective constraints that are very different from those designers are usually faced with: fast set-up and installation, more attention paid to the shell than to finishings, no need to be durable but, instead, the awareness that the work will, sometimes after a very short period of time, eventually disappear.

One of the first European pop-up hotels has seen the light in Germany and has been christened ‘Sleeping Around’.

It consists of a series of recycled maritime containers converted, with rigorous attention to sustainability, into hotel rooms that are snug but fitted with state-of-the-art features. The standard set-up is made up of four rooms plus a bar/restaurant container and another featuring a sauna for the guests.

Furniture and fittings are typical of a 5-star hotel, with top level suppliers creating a high-end ambience: Duravit, Hangrohe and Extremis, a Belgian indoor/outdoor furniture accessories company.

Sleeping Around can pop up anywhere.  The hotel industry has a constant need for new solutions, especially those offering clear, recognizable features: Sleeping Around provides the comfort of a fine hotel room combined with the excitement of an unconventional location (often outside of city centers), an added element of absolute value that is priceless.


Fancy trying it out? You can currently find it in Antwerp, together with the Glow restaurant – a temporary one of course – by Belgian chef Wout Bru. A room with a river view is guaranteed

Matteo De Bartolomeis

Matteo De Bartolomeis

Born in Milan, a career in professional publishing with a significant interlude in behavioral and methodology training. He went digital and experienced first-hand the birth and rise of the internet, working in IT publishing in the 1990s. Has been working for 12 years with and for Suite magazine and on b2b publishing projects for the contract and hotel industry, with special focus on the international evolution of design, on trends and transformations in the relevant markets and the role of social media in the industry.