Stow-Away: Repurposed shipping containers breathe new life as eco-friendly apart-hotel in London

Visitors to London will now be able to experience shipping container living with a new sustainable and eco-friendly apart-hotel concept, Stow-Away.

Located one of London’s oldest market streets, Lower Marsh Street in Waterloo, Stow-Away is made from 26 re-purposed shipping containers.

Architects Doone Silver Kerr designed the shipping container hotel as an apartment/hotel concept to cater for short and long-stay living looking for a “snug comfortable sleeping experience”. The entire five-storey Stow-Away has been designed so that it can be relocated at the end of its lease.

Each of the 20 shipping containers that house rooms have been designed to function as self-contained, independent structures, making efficient use of space for the provision of a kitchen – complete with a dishwasher, sink, microwave, and portable hotplate – and a multi-functional bed, with wall cushions to adapt for TV viewing.

Special rubber pads have been placed between the storeys along with acoustic doors to block out the noise of the trains that pass on the main line from Waterloo Station at the back of the hotel.

Stow-Away also has a ground floor wine bar and pop-up kitchen, Unwined, which according to the aparthotel is an “excellent environment to work, share a meal, meet like-minded people and discover new wines sourced from all over the world”.


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at

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