TEAM: George Peristeris, Fay Theodosiou, Mihalis Kyriazis – [a]nod architecture, Theta Tris architecture

Instant access of sleeping around the world

Sleeping is one of the most essential biological needs of human beings. In modern societies with the fast pace of city life and the long haul travelling, sleeping time and space has turned from a need to luxury and modern society seems to neglect its vital importance. Moreover, the extreme conditions and the graduating pressure that people have to sustain reduces significantly the time and quality of sleeping and resting.

Plug Inn derives from the urge to discover a new approach of sleeping/resting suited to the cultural, economic and social circumstances of the evolving urban context. Taking into consideration the contemporary sleeper, the main idea of our proposal is based on the instant access of sleeping. The concept of plugging inn is an innovative and unconventional approach of the sleeping experience. It’s not a typical hotel, it’s a reinterpretation of the hotel and relies on the need to sleep or rest anytime of the day.

The check-in is fast and simple, there is no reception or room service. Everything can be arranged through a mobile application. The user can purchase hours of sleep following four simple steps:

User selects how many hours he needs to sleep (maximum 24hrs)
The plug inn application estimates the user’s location
A list of vacant locations and availability of sleeping cores/units appear for the user to choose
User selects desired sleeping unit and plugs inn
The plug inn is a module. This module consists of:

  A main core, where the main vertical circulation occurs. This core is a solid and permanent structure and also accommodates the sanitary functions of the module.
  The pop-up sleeping units, which unfold depending on the occupancy. They pop up when you plug inn.

The plug inns can be attached to any built structure. They could be placed on a plain wall of any existing building. Thus, they are extensions of the already built environment. Furthermore, their vertical alignment minimizes their imprint on the ground that is already over-inhabited and over-exploited.

Plug inn modules can be scattered around the city exploiting the existing infrastructures and even create a network of connected sleeping structures offering instant access to sleep. Modules could also enable the interaction between the inhabitants of the existing buildings and the sleeping tenants. The plug inn project could upgrade the local community by integrating with the provided local facilities.

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