Located on the steps between Queen’s Road and Gough St in Central, SLEEEP is Hong Kong’s very first capsule hotel
Long popular in Japan and other parts of Asia, capsule hotels offer travellers and business professionals a small space to lay their head over night at a lower cost than traditional hotels. Just opened in the Central district of Hong Kong, SLEEEP is the region’s first capsule offering, and was two (long) years in the making for local product developer Space is Ltd.
The firm, helmed by lifelong friends Alex Kot and Jun Rivers, first developed the SLEEEP prototype in response to Harvard's Dean Challenge asking for design proposals to address population challenges in urban environments. Two years later, they have realised the concept on their own in a small, former-residential space in Central/Sheung-Wan.
SLEEEP provides eight high quality, eco-friendly sleeping environments for clients on an hourly or nightly basis thanks to its patent-pending capsule – named SLPer®. Each SLPer provides an intimate space for the user that includes a plethora of functional and aesthetic details such as: a metal skin, real wood lining inside, rounded corners and even circadian lighting.
“With our new hospitality concept we hope to offer a sanctuary for people to relax and recharge. It's a breathing space within a suffocating environment”
Once inside, each guest is enclosed by an innovative magnetic curtain that is quiet to operate and effective for privacy. The circadian lighting, active air supply and climate control are utilised based on scientific findings to give its occupants the highest quality sleep possible, and we all want our eight hours a night!
"Sleep is an essential activity that is practiced by everyone, everyday, everywhere. Yet, in a stressful and overworked environment such as Hong Kong, that foundation is sacrificed in the name of improving living standards. We thought that contradictory and unsustainable." said Jun Rivers, one of the two founders of SLEEEP. "With our new hospitality concept we hope to offer a sanctuary for people to relax and recharge. It's a breathing space within a suffocating environment.”