From Japan, the busiest most efficient country in the world, comes out a new capsule hotel named 9 hours. Coming along this modern Japanese-style hotel grabbed my attention that 9 hours isn’t just a name, its a complete theme that defines the exact function of the sleep-in facility. Designed by Fumie Shibata of design studio s, the new capsule hotel offers luxury in a minimum living volume by defining the elements necessary for a minimal transit space for day-travelers, businessmen that missed the last train, or night-life goers who are looking for a fast place to crash.
The design theme is very minimalistic, it’s majorly white and black, and presents character through a series of typographies and logos on the walls and floor to guide you around the hotel, starting from taking your shoes off and placing them in a locker at the lobby, till arriving to your [2 x 1.5 x 1 meters] capsule, with amenities presented on a luxurious level.
Capsule hotels have been in Japan for over 30 years, with the first one open since 1979 in Osaka. The idea of such tight-space accommodation hasn’t been accepted in large cities of the west as London, Paris, or New York yet; where in 9 hours, designer Fumie Shibata, is hoping that quality and elegance in design and services would promote exporting the idea.
Take a tour inside the 9 hours
A night at 9h costs ¥4900 (£38) and the hotel’s philosophy is indicated in its name: 1 hour to shower + 7 hours to sleep + 1 hour to rest = nine hours (although guests can stay up to 17 hours if they wish). Is your city ready to have a capsule hotel ?