Back in my hometown Oudewater (nearby Utrecht) I searched for the tomatoes at our local grocery store and I came by my aunt. She asked me how I was doing and how my study was. She told me a little odd story I couldn’t believe. She took a nap in a little ‘cab’ on the airport of Munich. ‘It was such a little space where you can get a little nap, the perfect solution because my plane was delayed for 10 hours.’ I have to admit, she is a very free spirit.
What is it?
I thought she was kidding me so I did a little research, guess what? They do exist! Also known as the Nabcab. A little cabin where you can sleep for some hours.
Napcabs – comfort and privacy for passengers inside airport terminals. Making the stay at the airport more pleasant and comfortable is the idea behind napcabs.
As you can see, it can be a possibility for those who fly a lot and want to have a proper sleep. It does cost a little, 10 euros per hour at am, pm it costs 15 euros. The fact is we are going to fly more in the future and spend more time on the airport. Perfect for your rest. On youtube I found something very simular in Dubai; the sleeping pod. A chair which also provides you of your rest in private, on an airport.
These two ideas reminded me of a hotel which also looks like a cabin, but suits perfect in a sustainable city; the capsule hotel.
The capsule hotel is a way of thinking differently, sparing some space and perfect for the sustainable city. This hotel exists already 4 years. It can get a little update and a western look and fool. Nowadays such kind of futuristic hotels are more hostels, which combine beautiful concepts.
But why is it cool? And what about future growth potential?
Growth potential? It is all about the growth potentials! These three concepts combine to one, can be the future. We think of making things more easy for ourselves, but also think about the amount of space we use. A capsule hotel in a different way can be the solution to give more people the space to live in a city. I can imagine a hotel, with a lot of different price ranger per floor. The ideal way to give tourists with all kind of budgets the space to explore the city. Or the opportunity to create new kind of student homes? I would like to live in these kind of homes.