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eOffice notes that Japan's famous capsule hotels "are traditionally grimy, and primarily intended as expedient sleeping solutions for drunk salarymen who have missed the last train home."
But they were models of space efficiency, providing the guest with just enough room to serve their function, providing a place to sleep. Now a new capsule hotel has opened in Tokyo, combining clean modern design and first class amenities with a very small footprint, at only $50 per night.
The design philosophy is one that could be more widely applied: break functions into discrete elements and make them as nice as possible, with an elegant bathing area, the sleeping capsule and a restorative breakfast, totalling nine hours. (You can stay up to 17)
The 9 h capsule hotel and all amenities were designed by Fumie Shibata of design studio s, which she founded in 1994. with her team, she defined the elements necessary for a 'minimal transit space' in big cities in japan. The product designer has been pursuing the 9h project as a creative director for 3 years.
Buckminster Fuller said:
"Our beds are empty two-thirds of the time.
Our living rooms are empty seven-eighths of the time.
Our office buildings are empty one-half of the time.
It's time we gave this some thought."
While we spend almost a third of our life in bed, we spend most of it sleeping. In urban centers there are often issues of light, noise, ventilation and privacy. Perhaps sleeping pods are not such a bad idea.