Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya
by Arch Group


Russian studio Arch Group has filled an old building in Moscow with its portable sleeping capsules to create the first Sleepbox hotel.

Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya by Arch Group

The modular hotel rooms were first developed for travellers taking naps in busy urban environments, but have also allowed Arch Group to convert an awkward building in the city centre into a functioning hotel.

Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya by Arch Group

Conceived as a midpoint between a hotel and a hostel, the four-storey building contains units for up to two people on its first and second floors, while the top floor is filled with single-person capsules.

Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya by Arch Group

Each Sleepbox is mobile and can be placed anywhere, provided it can be connected to a power source. As well as beds, the rooms are equipped with LED reading lamps, plus sockets for charging laptops and mobile phones.

Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya by Arch Group

A lobby and reception occupy the ground floor and includes an information zone where guests can use iPads to access the internet, plus a storage area filled with lockers.

Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya by Arch Group

Showers and toilet cabins are located on each floor and have bright green circular lights on the outside to indicate when they are occupied.

Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya by Arch Group

The building also contains a handful of regular hotel rooms, which were added to the top floor in spaces where the ceiling heights were too low for a Sleepbox.

Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya by Arch Group

Arch Group developed the concept for the Sleepbox in 2009 and the first capsule opened at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport two years later.

Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya by Arch Group

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Here's a project description from Sleepbox:

Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya

The first Sleepbox Hotel creates a special niche in hospitality services between hostels and common hotels. Hostels are mostly cheap, which directly affects service quality.

Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya by Arch Group

Traditional hotels have high level of comfort that it conditioned by high prices. Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya is partly based on hostel principles to keep price low, but it offers considerably different quality of hotel services.

Every guest has an opportunity to live in his own module that has no comparison with any other type of hotel room. The hotel is a totally new and unique experience for every traveler, however it can boast low prices and excellent location.

Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya by Arch Group

Sleepbox hotel is located in Moscow downtown in the immediate vicinity of Kremlin. The hotel doors open to 1-st Trevskaya Yamskaya Street and it is only 3 minutes away from Belorusskiy Railway Station, where Aeroexpress trains arrive from Sheremetyevo International Airport. Hotels with such location are mostly expensive, but staying in Sleepbox Hotel is 3 times cheaper than in nearby hotels.


This is owing to the use of Sleepbox modules created by architectural bureau Arch Group that allow organizing in only 4 sq.m. a proper place for rest and relax in a variety of buildings from airport terminals to offices. These modules are mobile, can be installed anywhere inside the building and just need to be connected to the power supply. These features give an opportunity to open a hotel in a building that has never been intended for a hotel.

Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya by Arch Group

Sleepbox Hotel has 4 floors. On 1st floor you can find reception, information zone, lobby, individual lockers for visitors and management. Snow-white seamless reception desk with sleepboxish design is made of Corian. The desk can be seen from the street though glass doors. A visitor finds himself in a futuristic space that underlines unusual idea of the Sleepbox hotel. By the entrance there is an information zone that helps visitors to orient themselves or to find out railway schedule. For this purpose besides the maps there are iPads with Internet connection affixed to the wall.

Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya by Arch Group

While working on the design of this hotel we aimed to create something absolutely different from the rest of Russian hotels. We wanted to make it so that even experienced European visitors make a booking here without hesitation. As for the expenses we sought to ensure that technical realization of this project was cheap so that the lodging cost could remain on minimum level as planned.

Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya by Arch Group

The design of Sleepboxes is supplemented with a structure, which represents lighting and forms a part of ceiling and walls at the same time flowing by the boxes from the ceiling to the walls. It is made of transparent stretch sheet with LED spot lights behind. We have used this piece of design at all floors and even at the staircase, which gives a feeling of consistent space uniting all the floors of the hotel. To reduce the price of finishing works is was decided to leave the existing ceramic granite on the floor covering it with rubber. The floor pattern is similar to the ceiling pattern so each group of boxes is visually separated from walls and floor with black zones, which underlines boxes design and helps to combine wooden surface with general monochrome background.

Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya by Arch Group

Wooden double Sleepboxes are located on floors 2 and 3, and single black and white boxes are located on floor 4. These boxes are equipped with an inbuilt TV set. There are common hotel rooms on the same floor with attached washrooms and dormer windows. This was made to use effectively the space under the inclined roof, where ceiling height in not enough to install a Sleepbox.

Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya by Arch Group

Showers and toilet cabins are located on every floor and made in the general futuristic style. Toilet cabins look like separate capsules fixed in a row. Joints between them are illuminated with LED. There is a big round occupancy indicator, which shines green when the cabin is free and red when it is occupied.

Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya by Arch Group

Area: over 800 m2
Architectural bureau: Arch group
Architects: Mikhail Krymov, Alexey Goryainov, Alexey Poliakov
Project and building: 2011 - 2012

  • zaralouise

    The design reminds me of iPod Minis, but for me it’s just too cramped. If I went to Moscow, I’d stay in a room with windows and a dressing table!

    • Lohan Grinn

      I must say that it’s a bit odd in the context of Russia and Russian cities. In Tokyo, for example, it makes complete sense because it is so dense and space is at a premium (as someone else here noted). But Russia’s the biggest country in the world!

  • recon::decon

    LOVE. Beautiful design and execution. I can see this being very successful in places like New York, Tokyo, etc. where space is a premium and travellers are looking for something nicer than a hostel but cheaper than a standard hotel, which often is very expensive in dense cities.

    Alternatively I could see this being pretty awesome in or near most architecture schools. Although I guess no one would ever go home.

    • Totally agree, overpopulated urban areas like Hong Kong where tourists would like to have a short stay.

      I think this could also be developed into larger ‘living spaces’ for people who need accommodation for mid-term stays. I guess it could be for young professionals with short-term contracts and people who own spare rooms and spaces.

    • jon

      They’re way too big for Tokyo. The average capsule hotel could fit four rooms into one of those spaces.

  • Pol

    You could at least mention Japanese Capsule Hotel in your article. Those designers did not invent anything except a nice curvy style!

    • bonsaiman

      Some people are really fixed with invention mythologies. Please, design is not synonym to invention.

  • more info needed

    Interesting idea, but not very helpful when shown without any interior images, plans or dimensions.

    • Desk

      What are you talking about? It’s built! Of course they would have to correspond with humane dimensions, otherwise they’d be a total failure.

      The only problem I see with this is the terrible lighting, which is like blinding light once you emerge from the pods/rooms. Also, there don’t seem to be blinds that screen off the bleeding corridor lights as some people require total darkness to sleep.

  • mcmlxix

    Perfect for airports, train stations etc.

  • Vee

    If they only showed more useful interior images, an axo or plans of the actual sleep box, then it would potentially be worth commenting on.

  • Emma

    Invented a nice curvy style… I highly doubt that! Nic Grimshaw has been doing much better than this for over 30 years.

  • Lohan Grinn

    There’s a lot of design in Russia that is vulgar, pretentious, ugly and excessive. But when they get it right… boy do they nail it! In this case we have beautiful use of materials and articulation of detail (especially the wooden ones). I think the emerging, younger generation of Russian architects are showing great proficiency and sensibility in working with materials.

    The interior shot reminds me of a lovely old sleeper-train.

  • BillC

    Very nice looking but a sad way to live. Japanese and New Yorkers are moving to this direction because of the demand of space.

  • dj_design89

    Really want to have this in malaysia!

  • Hannah

    As the article is about the NEW use of an old design, AKA the Sleepbox, it does not have interior shots of the actual Sleepbox but the context it is in. If you want to see interior photos you should just follow the link (it keeps referring to it) or try

    If you check the original context, it was build for (mobility vs intimicy) then I think it has almost no reference to the Japanese capsule hotel, as they are static rooms; this was made for travellers.

    I find it disturbing and beautiful at the same time – it almost seems to be a parody of how we live our lives in the big cities.

  • Graham

    Battery Humans? It rather reminds me of the storage facility that I’m currently hiring to keep my extra stuff in. Hmmm.

  • Hans

    Just creepy and scary.

  • Romain

    Wow, metabolism lives on! Albeit in a new, muted, form. If only Kurokawa could be alive to see this.

  • Roque

    Glad they made it real! It’s been a long time since it was a concept design! :D

  • Concerned Citizen

    Based on several videos I have seen from Russia, these things will be crashing together in a week, or the inhabitants will invade each other's spaces and beat the snot out of each other.

  • Good

    The idea suits the context of a congested area, no doubt, but the problem is I’m claustrophobic.

  • Indira meduri

    Really this is most usable for the business executives who frequently move on tours. My constraint is a toilet: this also should be attached at a size of 4’x4′.

  • John

    Cleanliness is the issue. Hookers are an issue. Drug use/abuse is an issue. Any small private space in a big crowded city is inviting trouble. Nice idea for 2525 but not in this world.

    • kithrak

      Might be more of the same in 2525 :)

      Auto smoke removers, floors with vacuum technology, aerosol sterilisation of the room. Could be that there and then all of the above can be done too.

  • Hexi

    Good design, odd location. Moscow?! Since when is it becoming as tight on space as Tokyo?

  • phos

    Really cool. Practical and cheap.

  • PA

    Feels like a prison atmosphere! Nice design concept.