The modular “Sleepbox” was designed in 2009, and became a reality in late 2011. Brainchild of the Russian Arch Group, its purpose is to provide rest and/or sleep away from the bustling city, without the need to spend time searching for a hotel.
Basic features include ventilation and power supply – for laptops and mobile phones charging. There is also luggage space under the bed, built-in LED reading lamps, as well as standard lighting. Privacy is not an issue in your Sleepbox, with electric blinds on the windows. Plenty of other options are available for those who crave more gadgetry!
Moscow International Airport saw the first two-bed model in August 2011. There is now real interest from passengers and businesses alike, with more planned by the end of this year in different locations, including the first commercially operated modules.
We could soon find these in rail stations, shopping centres and even within hostels or accommodation facilities, but they are ideally suited to airports, and could prove invaluable to delayed or transferring passengers on long-haul flights.
Customers can hire a Sleepbox from a period of 30 minutes to several hours. Naturally, hourly rates decrease the longer the hire period. Building costs start from as low as 7,000 Euro and a Sleepbox will deliver a financial return in 6-9 months.
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