further background information

The Future project (container hotel/hostel, welcome centre, event hall, indoor fun park, spa and fitness) will be carried out using the existing halls. These halls will not be demolished, but preserved in a resource-saving way. The annexes and extensions, as well as the hotel/hostel, will largely be built from used shipping containers. The chosen construction method is very sustainable and has a positive ecological balance. Another advantage is that the containers are built in the Kuhnle shipyard's own facilities. This preserves jobs and eliminates long transport routes. Kuhnle Werft has already gained experience with the extension of the winter garden of the Catpain`s-Inn restaurant in container construction and has proven that the conversion of containers is one of the competences of Kuhnle Werft. The chosen container construction method with the trapezoidal sheet metal facades, which have been left in their original state but have been refurbished, fit in with the locally predominant construction method of industrial and shipyard buildings and with the history of the Rechlin shipyard, which was active on the site until 1995. These steel construction methods also represent Rechlin as a shipbuilding location.


The Kuhnle Group will act as operator for the container hotel/hostel and the associated facilities. Resources, technical know-how and an existing staff are available. As well as the necessary IT and software, the reservation, back office, accounting, HR, purchasing, housekeeping and technical support (caretaker) departments.

The back-of-house area consists of a large central kitchen, storage areas, housekeeping facilities, staff facilities and offices.

The central kitchen is located in the large hall on the ground floor along Alte Werftstraße. There, optimal delivery of goods is possible. Extensive storage areas are available for both beverages and food.

The changing and social rooms for the catering staff are located on the upper floor, above the kitchen. Attached to this is a canteen for all Kuhnle Group employees.

Above the Welcome Centre, the staff accommodation is planned. There is a great need for this, as more and more employees, especially from abroad, are employed as seasonal workers. The staff accommodation will also be built in containers.

The seasonal extension measures will decisively increase the attractiveness of the existing harbour village. This will significantly improve the occupancy of the hotels, flats and holiday homes in the off-season and thus generate higher returns for the owners and operators.