Silo Stay Little River by F3 Design


Silo Stay Little River by F3 Design

A group of disused grain silos near Christchurch in New Zealand are being fitted out as motel rooms.

Silo Stay Little River by F3 Design

New Zealand studio F3 Design came up with the concept of reusing the industrial structures, which were used to store feed for farm animals.

Silo Stay Little River by F3 Design

Once complete, the Silo Stay motel will provide eight two-bedroom suites, one family unit and a manager’s room.

Silo Stay Little River by F3 Design

Each suite will be two storeys high and will have a glazed roof, as well as a kitchen and living room.

Silo Stay Little River by F3 Design

A wood pellet boiler inside a separate silo will heat all of the rooms.

Silo Stay Little River by F3 Design

F3 Design propose that grain silos could also be reused in cities as offices or information centres.

Silo Stay Little River by F3 Design

Another strange hotel room recently featured on Dezeen is the Sleepbox, where airport passengers can take a short nap - see all our stories about hotels here.

Silo Stay Little River by F3 Design

Here's a project description from F3 Design:

Silo Stay Little River

Traditionally grain silos are found in the country filled with feed, surrounded by a distinct waft of, er, farm animals; however 'Silo Stay' based in Little River, Banks Peninsula is going against the grain. In this instance, proprietary grain silos are being used as individual motel units as part of an innovative, eco- friendly and affordable accommodation complex.

Silo Stay Little River has eight single units each sleeping two people, an accessible/family unit and a managers unit which will be erected to complete this exciting project. Visionary and founder of this project, Stuart Wright-Stow and his design team, F3 Design, are passionate about environmental sustainability so have designed an energy unit which houses a gravity fed wood pellet boiler to heat the complex. This sits within its own custom designed silo with glazed panels so you can see the energy in the making.

Each two storey unit is 8.7 metres high. The peak has a glazed lid allowing a glimpse of the night sky while relaxing in bed. Upstairs houses a queen sized bed and ensuite while downstairs has a kitchen and living area.

Silo Stay Little River is an exciting project that opens avenues for further ventures . The vision and ingenuity of this design is its versatility of uses in areas which are not necessarily accommodation complexes. These individual units or the larger family complex can be used in a myriad of situations and locations. For example, these units can easily become inner city offices, batches for secluded hideaways, home and office situations, sleep-outs, information centres, accommodation facilities for conference centres, or anything else that requires a compact vessel to accommodate the many needs of both the commercial and domestic sectors.

Along with the grain silo accommodation fit-out and configuration, F3 Design and Stuart have developed drawings for inner city office complexes. If there is a vision for the Silo Units, F3 Design will work with the client to create an exciting outcome to suit anyone's needs.

  • alex

    Generally I like the proposal, it's a fun design and I think that's what people want from a motel. However I dislike the rectangular connection between the two curved structures (seen in picture 3&4), it seems a bit forced.

    I am currently working on converting a disused water tower into flats and I have a lot of respect for architects trying to design inside circular floorplates – it's tricky, but in the case of these grain silos I think it'll be well executed. I'd love to see pictures in a year or two!

    • F3 Design

      Hi Alex. The SiloStay project above is nearing completion! Visit for some great site photos. Bookings will open soon for our Kiwi summer :-)

  • donkey

    what are the bikes hanging from the balconies n the first pictures? Is this a storage solution? how do you reach them?

    • Yes. they are bikes! Silo Stay, Little River is at the end of a great cycle track on Banks Peninsula, New Zealand. The bikes can be hoisted up for storage via a pulley system.

  • DDU is back, nice concept, Bucky Fuller would be glad…

  • David in Astoria

    The Midwest has hundreds of disused masonry silos of various heights usually with a zinc domed roof. Sometimes they sit by themselves in a nice setting with the surrounding farm buildings now gone.
    I always wanted to turn one (in the right situation) into a home. Foam insulation on the inside walls and basically one room per floor. I'd probably do stacked runs of straight stairs next to the outside wall since I don't care for circular stairs.
    The top floor would be the living room with the opened domed ceiling and skylights.
    If only I could translate my thoughts into reality….

  • What kind of heat insulation are they planning for the rooms? From the tridimensional schematics, it looks as if they intend to keep the sheet metal on the walls in the interior as well as the exterior.

  • These will be timber lined with wool insulation.