The Sleepbox architectural pod 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.
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.
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
The Sleepbox Hostel Edition:
Area: 3.75 m2
architects: Goryainov A., Krymov M.
This type of Sleepbox architectural pod 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:
Gazetniy per 17-2, Moscow, Russia, 125009
They speak English, Spanish and Russian.