The Sleep Box... at Airport


Just landed at Terminal One, the perfect cure for stranded air travellers... the Sleepbox

  • * First temporary bedrooms which can be rented out for half-hour periods
  • * They stand 3m high and come with two beds each and phone chargers


Behold the future of airport delays.
All that slithering around on a seat being uncomfortable while waiting for your late-running flight could be about to end.
Because Sleepbox has landed - bringing with it the prospect of a decent 40 winks while you wait for take-off.
The specially equipped boxes may take a bit of getting used to, but the weary traveller cannot fail to be impressed.
Neat and tidy: The Sleepboxes stand 2.5m high and fit neatly into the design of Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow
Neat and tidy: The Sleepboxes stand 2.5m high and fit neatly into the design of Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow
Boxing clever: The Sleepboxes - just introduced into Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow - will allow travellers to get a light kip if their planes are delayed
Boxing clever: The Sleepboxes - just introduced into Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow - will allow travellers to get a light kip if their planes are delayed
The self-contained mobile bedrooms have been created by Russian architecture company the Arch Group.
The first, which can be rented out for half-hour periods, have been installed at the Aeroexpress terminal of Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow.
They represents the basic version made of MDF with a natural ash-wood veneer.
The basic box measures 2.5m by 1.6m with a height of between 2.5m and 3m.
Standard features include ventilation and sockets for notebook and mobile phone chargers.
Rest easy: This artist's impression of the boxes show how they will sit in airport lounges, offering an alternative to the perenially uncomfy seats on offer
Rest easy: This artist's impression of the boxes show how they will sit in airport lounges, offering an alternative to the perenially uncomfortable seats on offer
There is also space for luggage under the beds which each come with a nightstand.
In addition to general lighting, the box has built-in LED reading lamps while windows are equipped with electric-drive blinds for privacy.
Options include matted film on windows; mood lighting LED lamps with changing light colours; built-in TV and touch-screen monitor; wi-fi router; alarm; intercom and safe deposit box.
One of its main advantages is its ability to be installed in the airport passenger areas where travellers have to spend hours waiting for their delayed flights or a transfer.
An Arch Group spokesman said: 'Imagine the situation where you are in a modern city, you are not a local resident, and you have not booked a hotel.
Minimalist: The designs offer only basic comfort but can accommodate two people in a bunk arrangement - and can be rented for half an hour at a time
Minimalist: The designs offer only basic comfort but can accommodate two people in a bunk arrangement - and can be rented for half an hour at a time
'It is not a comfortable situation because modern aggressive cities give you no opportunity to rest and relax. If you want to sleep while waiting for your plane or train, you face many security and hygiene problems.
'We believe that urban infrastructure should be more comfortable. For this purpose we have developed Sleepbox.
'It provides moments of quiet sleep and rest without wasting time in search for a hotel.'
Referring to the first box installed in Moscow, he added: 'This Sleepbox has attracted such a great deal of interest from passengers and big companies that the chances are first commercially-operated boxes will be installed at airports and in the city by the end of this year.'
Other possible locations would include railway stations, exhibition centres and shopping centres.
In countries with a warm climate, Sleepbox can be used outdoors.
The spokesman continued: 'It allows everybody in unforeseen circumstances to spend a night safely and inexpensively or simply to kill a few hours without leaving the luggage.
'Currently we offer one, two, or three-bed Sleepboxes, which can be made of MDF, metal, and glass-reinforced plastic.
'The price varies depending on the number of hours in use: the more the user pays for, the less it costs per hour.'
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