Stockholm’s Airport Hostel is a Retired Boeing 747

jumbo-hostel-stockholm (Images: Stefan Sjögrenjingdianjiaju1 (inset), cc-sa-3.0)

Airport hotels range of low quality to luxury, but one common feature they all seem to share is that they’re generic. Not so with the Jumbo Hostel – Arlanda Airport’s solution to make life more interesting for travellers passing through Stockholm.

The Jumbo Hostel – housed within a decommissioned Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet – opened in 2008. Work had got underway the previous year when 450 seats were stripped out and the aircraft’s interior thoroughly sanitized.

jumbo-hostel-stockholm-cafe (Image: Stefan Schäfer, Lichcc-sa-3.0)

Heated by an air-air inverter, the hostel‘s interior was installed in the same manner as any other building, subjected to the same climate control and insulation demands, and adhering to common energy standards.

jumbo-hostel-stockholm-cafe (Image: Lioba Schneider, reproduced under the Free Art License)

Boasting 79 beds in total, the Jumbo Hostel offers flat screen TVs in every room. Twenty seven rooms contain three beds each, with the more exclusive “cockpit suite” located on the upper deck, complete with its own bathroom.

jumbo-hostel-stockholm-bedrooms (Images: jingdianjiaju1, cc-sa-3.0)

Guests and non-guests alike can purchase breakfast and coffee in the cafe of the retired 747-200 series airliner, and wireless broadband is available throughout.

jumbo-hostel-stockholm-3 (Image: Brorsson, cc-sa-3.0)

In December 2008, this inspired example of adaptive reuse was towed into position at the entrance to Stockholm Arlanda Airport, its massive wheels secured in two steel cradles.

jumbo-hostel-stockholm-4 (Image: Brorsson, cc-sa-3.0)

Originally built for Singapore Airlines, this particular Jumbo Jet had flown with Pan Am before ending its flying days with Transjet, a Swedish airline that went bankrupt in 2002.

Keep reading – check out more Recycled and DIY Boeing 747s and explore more great examples of adaptive reuse.

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