The Exbury Egg is a collaborative project between artist Stephen Turner, SPUD and PAD studio. After almost 3 years in development, the energy efficient, self-sustaining pod will serve as home and workspace to Stephen in the estuary of the River Beaulieu. Read more
The Sleepbox was first designed in 2009 and finally realized in late 2011. The modular unit, designed by Russian architects M. Krymov and A.Goryainov of Arch Group, is designed to provide moments of quiet sleep and rest from the city without wasting time searching for a hotel.
Sleepbox base features include ventilation and sockets for notebook and mobile phone chargers. Space for luggage is under the bed, and each bed has a nightstand. In addition to general lighting, Sleepbox has built-in LED reading lamps. Windows are equipped with electric-drive blinds for privacy.
In mid-August 2011, the first Sleepbox (a two-bed double version) was installed at the Aeroexpress terminal of Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow, Russia. It represents the base version made of MDF with a natural ash-tree veneer.
This Sleepbox attracted such a great deal of interest from passengers and big companies that chances are first commercially operated boxes will be installed at airports and in the city by the end of this year.
Video of the Sleepbox in Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow, Russia:
Possible locations for Sleepbox include railroad stations, airports, expocentres, public shopping centers and accommodation facilities. In countries with warm climates Sleepbox can be used on the streets.
Sleepbox is a small mobile compartment (box) with a 2.5×1.6m base and 2.5-3m
height. One of its main advantages is its ability to be installed in the airport “clean” zone, just in front of the gates. This is precisely the area where travelers have to spend hours waiting for their delayed flights or transfer.
Video presentation of Sleepbox 1:
Currently Arch Group offers one-, two-, or three-bed Sleepboxes, which can be made of MDF (wood), metal, and glass-reinforced plastic. Sleepbox allows from 30 min to several hours of paid use. The price varies depending on the number of hours in use: the more the user pays for, the less it costs per hour.
Sleepbox’s main function is to afford a restful sleep. However, depending on location, it can be equipped with additional features. Available options include:
Matted film on windows with changing transparency
Mood lighting – LED lamps with changing light colors
Built-in media block (TV, touch-screen monitor)
Safe deposit box
Built-in payment station with magnetic keys
This type of Sleepbox is designed for use in hostels. It provides a minimum of functions, and is equipped only with electrical outlets and lighting. Flexible ducts are connected to a general ventilation system. Case is made of laminated moisture-resistant MDF, which finishes a frame of wooden beams. Sleepbox for hostels has a bunk bed. The concept of the hostel is as follows: large interior without walls filled with sleepboxes instead of building separate facilities-rooms. This allows economizing on construction and finishing works and significantly reducing the time spent on construction. In addition it will allow very efficient use of available space and, if necessary, quickly change the plan. This solution also allows increasing the number of seats smoothly and without causing any inconvenience to guests.
Prices for Sleepbox start from as low as 7,000 EUR. Investments in Sleepbox pay back in 6-9 months.
Interested? Please contact:
+ 7 903 171 52 52
Gazetniy per 17-2, Moscow, Russia, 125009
They speak English, Spanish and Russian.
The House Arc is a modular off-the-grid housing solution where the pieces are shipped (ideally, fabricated locally) to the site and erected by the user or community. The future goal of the House Arc is to house people in devastated areas after catastrophic events and replace housing that was not built to withstand such forces. Read more
Brand new, Switzerland’s Whitepod resort has just opened (on the 20th of December 2011) featuring 15 private geodesic pods that resemble igloos anchored on wooden platforms, a recently built spa, a central chalet and private skiing for the guests.
Each pod has a large double bed for 2 people. Five of the pods are equipped with mezzanines that can hold 2 extra beds. However, the mezzanine beds are not intended for adults, they are more appropriate for children from 8 to 16 years old.
All pods are equipped electricity, a floor lamp, wood-burning stoves and organic luxury bedding. The bathrooms are heated with an electric heater and equipped with fully fitted bathrooms; shower, sink, toilet, hairdryer, towels and amenities. And each pod has two pairs of Crocs™ (plastic clogs) at your disposal, lol!
At the center of the 15 pods, stands a charming early 1800s wooden chalet where guests meet for breakfast in the morning or gather in the evening around its central fireplace for evening drinks and socializing.
The Relaxation area, which is inside the Pod-house, at the center of the pods, has:
– One Finnish sauna
– One Japanese bath
– Changing rooms
Open every day from 15:00 to 20:00 or on request
The two private lift installations can be opened from 11 am to 3 pm upon demand and ensure the guests benefit from a perfectly maintained and safe skiing experience.
The domain also has excellent snow conditions from December through to March.
The Whitepod Welcome kit:
Whitepod is located in Switzerland, in the canton of Valais, in the village of Les Cerniers, at the foot of the Dents-du-Midi mountain range (the beginning of the Swiss Alps), and faces the international ski resort Villars.
Winter 2011/2012, Price per night:
WEEKNIGHTS (Sunday to Thursday) WEEKEND NIGHTS (Friday or Saturday)
POD (single or double occupancy): CHF 400 / EUR 325 CHF 590 / EUR 480
Extra bed: CHF 50 / EUR 40 CHF 80 / EUR 65
Baby cot: FREE /FREE
Included in the price:
Buffet breakfast at the Pod-house
Access to the relaxation area
All equipment necessary for the stay – back bag, headlights, snowshoes, sledge
Access to our private ski slopes
Free WIFI at the Pod-house
Tea-Time – afternoon tea & pastries served everyday
images courtesy of Whitepod, Photographer: Vincent Hofer | Jean-Marc Palisse – Designer: Angelique Buisson
T +41 (0)24 471 38 38 | F +41 (0)24 471 39 55
A new modern bivuoac for mountain living, The LEAP (Living Ecological Alpine Pod). Designed in Italy by Luca Gentilcore and Stefano Testa, the Alpine huts are modular, highly sustainable and complete with a comfortable interior. The LEAP is a technologically sophisticated shelter, prefabricated and assembled offsite, that does not alter the environment in which it is placed. Read more
Le Bruit de Frigo and Zébra3 designed and created Le Nuage, a cloud-shaped pod that sleeps seven. The playful piece of micro-architecture is crafted of wood and plexiglass with built-in loft bunk beds. The cloud-shaped pod is an installation that was produced as part of the first edition of last October’s la biennale d’art en parcs urbains panoramas 2010. Read more
The Ovei Pod is a self contained unit with a built-in 5.1. surround sound system, variable lighting control, climate control, luxury leather seating and the latest flat screen technology. Read more
Barcelona based company Dream & Fly has invented luxury low cost accommodations for busy people in transit who haven’t the time to find a hotel nearby. By creating individual prefabricated micro-hotels (modular pods), complete with a bathroom, a weary traveler can nap or rest in a clean, comfortable, private and even wired space. Read more