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Interior: Tokyo's 9H Pod Hotel


Tokyo's 9H Pod Hotel is about to open in 55 locations in Japan. Not for claustrophobes.

Design Scene writes: "Besides its monochrome interior design by Takaaki Nakamura enriched by Masaaki Hiromura graphics, visitors also enjoy custom designed toothbrushes, sleepers, soap and even sleepwear."

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  1. Wow. I hope the designer was aiming for dystopian. The whole interior should have a strip wrapped around it that says "sanitized for your protection."

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Aug 17, 2010 10:29:56 AM

  2. Reminds me of the Chiba Hilton from William Gibson's cyberpunk novel "Neuromancer"...

    Posted by: JSH | Aug 17, 2010 10:59:32 AM

  3. Reminds me of the episode of Designing Women where Julia and Suzanne had to share one of these with a Chinese guy.

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 17, 2010 12:44:41 PM

  4. This is actually the scariest thing I've ever seen. It's like The Matrix without the robots, but you can totally see how the robots would fit in here...

    Posted by: Jon B | Aug 17, 2010 12:56:19 PM

  5. i don't think it's cool to treat humans like we aren't worth the square footage. stick us in boxes, compartmentalize our feelings and emotions, work work work, no time for play, must earn retirement money....this whole way of life is depressing.

    Posted by: john | Aug 17, 2010 2:57:29 PM

  6. This place better be dirt cheap.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Aug 17, 2010 3:21:31 PM

  7. Actually, according to their website, it's 4,900 yen a night, every night, year round. This is somewhat more expensive than regular "capsule" hotels (some of which are not nearly as nice and about $19.00 cheaper a night), but I'd definately give it shot if I could find out where the 55 locations are. Couldn't find it on their website, in either language.

    Posted by: kyle | Aug 17, 2010 3:42:13 PM

  8. Only orientals can fit into these becuase they are SO TINY....

    Posted by: shannon | Aug 17, 2010 5:10:52 PM

  9. That is horrifying.

    Posted by: Ryan | Aug 17, 2010 5:16:08 PM

  10. ...but where are the bathrooms?

    Posted by: Kyle | Aug 18, 2010 1:28:28 AM

  11. I've stayed in a few capsule hotels in Tokyo and they're an overrated novelty. Basically, they exist as a sort of YMCA alternative to drunken Japanese businessmen who missed the last train home, and are essentially the equivalent to an oversized pet carrier. If you're drunk and just want a bed for a night, then this will do -- but the prices weren't any cheaper than a standard hotel (*and the amenities are totally more expensive). As for the design - nothing really cutting edge about this - this is what standard capsule hotels look like.

    Posted by: otterpop | Aug 18, 2010 2:11:18 AM

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