Sleepbox by Arch Group


Russian architects Arch Group have designed a booth for taking a quick nap in busy urban environments. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12.

Called Sleepbox, the units could be rented for between fifteen minutes and several hours.

The architects envisage them installed at train stations, airports and shopping centres.

Between users the bedding would be automatically changed, with sheets wound from one roller onto another.

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Here's some more information from Arch Group:



Imagine the situation that you are in the modern city, where you are not a local resident, and you have not booked a hotel.

It is not comfortable situation, because in the modern, aggressive cities there are no opportunity to rest and relax. If you want to sleep, while waiting your plane or train, it may cause many security and hygiene problems. We believe that urban infrastructure should be more comfortable for people. For this purpose we have developed a device SLEEPBOX. It provides moments of quiet sleep and rest from the city without wasting time searching for a hotel.

Here are the possible locations for SLEEPBOX:

  • Railroad stations
  • Airports
  • Expocentres
  • Public and shopping centers
  • Accommodation facilities

In countries with warm climate SLEEPBOX can be used on the streets. Thanks to SLEEPBOX any person has an opportunity to spend the night safely and cheaply in case of emergency, or when you have to spend few hours with your baggage.

SLEEPBOX is a small mobile space (box) 2mx1.4mx2.3m (h). The main functional element in it is a bed 2x0.6 m, which is equipped with automatic system of change of bed linen. Bed is soft, flexible strip of foamed polymer with the surface of the pulp tissue. Tape is rewound from one shaft to another, changing the bed. If a client wants to sleep in maximum comfort, he can take the normal set of bed linen for an extra fee.

SLEEPBOX is equipped with a ventilation system, sound alerts, built-in LCD TV, WiFi, sockets for a laptop, charging phones. Also under the lounges is a place for luggage.

After the clients exit, automatic change of bed linen starts and quartz lamps turns on. Payment can be made on a shared terminal, which provides the client with an electronic key. It is possible to buy from 15 minutes to several hours.

SLEEPBOX is intended primarily to perform one main function - to enable a person to sleep peacefully. But it can also be equipped with various additional functions, depending on the situation. Application of the device can be very broad, not only in the form of paid public service, but also for internal purposes of organizations and companies.

Area: 3.75 m2
Architects: Goryainov A., Krymov M.
Design: 2009

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Posted on Tuesday November 10th 2009 at 10:25 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • It is a great idea and could be used in civilized countries for the intended purposes.

  • hazclowns

    Without superior cleaning technology being available the idea is worthless but I can see it happening in the future. Until then I wipe my ass with this idea as long as the ass wiping occurs outside of this contraption.

  • pepe

    sexbox. . .

  • Leonel

    The concept of giving comfort to an ordinary citizen is fantastic, however the comments below regarding the sex crazed public are true and would ruin the original purpose of these sleep boxes. What you could do to increase efficiency and profits is diminish the size of the boxes so that room for sex is just simply not an option. Hope i may have found the solution!

  • David

    Public shag box more like

  • Alex

    Could it be modified to be used in first class Air Travel?

  • Justin

    this is good. placed in the right places, like an international airport, it would be really helpful. :)

  • TeeGee

    I had to try to sleep in the Anchorage airport during a 10 hour layover and it was imposible. There were loud announcements every half hour. They had a mini-hotel like a capsule hotel but it had closed down. One of these would have been great.

  • Mario Roberts

    Regardless of the pros and cons of this unique design. What is done in private should remain in private. A great idea for a crowded air station or bus station. Kudos to the designer. Very good idea. Well done.

  • ARB

    I am curious about the costs and current locations! How much do these sleep boxes cost to make? How much do they cost to sleep in per hour? And finally, how much do the airports charge to set up a bunch of sleepboxes?

  • Dan48

    I find everyone is making it so complicated… just monitor them in the same way that public toilets are monitored in train stations and instead on having an automated paying machine have a attended desk. That way it can be used for its intended use alone which i really like.

  • Earl Bates

    yes a nice nasty box for sex and bed bugs. Oh and seedy people pissing in it. Oh and now lets install a camera in it for what? To record the scum using it as a pay toilet.And what do we charge for this privlege? anything over 20 bucks,I'd rather go to a motel 6.

  • Scott

    I like it. Got me thinking of a bunch of them together as a motel of sorts. New Name " Crash pads" good for back packers or the like while traveling.How about a few of them on the beach in the State Park on Maui, Might be better than a tent. It's all in the thinking :)

  • Rainer

    Interesting concept.
    Security, hygiene, cleaning and general shape after certain use period requires complex and costly supervision.
    Have some ideas where and how it can be used for serious business purpose

  • &for homeless people

  • anontheist

    I couldn't sleep in such a bright and open environment. I'd also be afraid of bedbugs. Just make the waiting rooms at the airports more comfortable.

  • Tyler

    I’m curious to know how one would regulate the traffic in and out. I understand the idea of the electronic key to get in, but what or who is kicking you out of the unit?

  • Erich Hartley

    Brilliant idea, but would never work. You would have to have dozens around so there wouldn’t be a shortage and they would never be free. Or you would have homeless people take them over and invoke a new squatting law or something. It could not ever become cost effective. But in theory a genius idea.

  • moms the name…

    These would be a great help for emergency situations, like fire or other disasters when homes become unusable. I think its a sad day when I read the comments and more people are concerned with the cons rather than pros of an item like this. It shows what levels of low morality our societies have stooped to.