SLEEPBOX Hotel Tverskaya
Architects: Aleksei Goriainov, Mikhail Krymov, Alexey Poliakov
Project and building: 2011 - 2013 (project management Irina Cociuc)
Area: over 800 m2
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.
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 is located in Moscow downtown in the immediate vicinity of Kremlin. The hotel doors open to 1-st TrevskayaYamskaya 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.