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M3 looks forward to holidays in eco 'Gro-tels'

M3 Architects has developed these pod designs in response to a commission from holiday firm Thomson, which asked the practice to 'imagine the hotels of 2024'.

The practice drew up plans for the 'Gro-tels', self-contained carbon-neutral units that could be constructed anywhere in the world for a limited period, before moving to new locations.

The concept, which was unveiled at a 'future holiday' conference last week, aims to minimise the impact of tourism on environmentally important locations. The pods would be used to open up these sites - as varied as the arctic, tropical rainforests, deserts and coastlines - while remaining completely independent of the local ecology.

Practice director Ken Hutt said M3 was determined to limit the effect the hotel would have on its surroundings. 'It is completely ecological, from the top section that can collect sunlight down to the recycling unit at the bottom that we call the 'nappy'.'

The hotel would arrive at the site as a flat-packed prefab unit that could be constructed rapidly, reducing disruption.

Hutt said the name 'Gro-tel'was inspired by the temporary nature of the structures. 'They might crop up and then disappear as the season changes. They can move on as a way to avoid becoming a permanent blot on the landscape, ' he added.

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