Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Sleepbox - Capsule Hotel

The Sleepbox, designed by Russian architecture and design firm Arch Group, is a rental sleeping chamber designed to populate airports and other transportation hubs in lieu of proper hotel rooms. Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport has installed some trial units of a "hostel edition". The rather bare-bones "hostel edition" sleeps two in a bunkbed configuration, has its own ventilation system and provides power and lighting, but lacks the wi-fi, internal vending machine and alarm clock of the standard unit. I've long been a believer in the capsule hotel design and think something like this would work really well here in Australia, fulfilling a need and a gap in the market. I particularly like the Scandanavian feel to the design as well as the acoustic soundproofing and insulation on these units. The Capsule or Bubble Motel design has worked in Japan and I think it could work well here in our major capital cities, given most travel by backpackers and sightseers tends to be either by car or plane.

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