Collection by Patrick Sisson

Short Stays: 10 Tiny Hotels

Like
Comment
Share

Size doesn’t always matter when it comes to these diminutive but design-savvy hotel rooms.

A uniquely Japanese innovation that many see as a series of glorified cubby holes for traveling businessman, the capsule hotel may come off as another example of kitsch, with room barely large enough to stretch out and sleep. But the originator of these modular structures, noted Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, saw the future playing out in small, flexible dwellings designed for a more nomadic lifestyle. When the first capsule hotel was built in Osaka in 1979, following on the heels of a 1972 capsule apartment building, it exemplified Kurokawa’s Metabolist philosophy and focus on sustainability and impermanence. With a small footprint and interchangeable structures, it stood as a precursor to today’s green, small-scale urban housing schemes. While Kurokawa’s vision of a more modular city never came to pass, his influence has played out in this series of similarly small-scale hotels, sized for convenience and adaptability and now more functional than futuristic.

9Hours (Kyoto, Japan) Fumie Shibata of Design Studio S created this minimal, sci-fi crash pad in Kyoto, named after…
Yotel (New York, United States) Designed to represent a fusion of pod hotels and first-class jet cabins, Yotel is a…
Rolling Huts (Winthrop, United States) A series of six modernist huts created by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig…
Mini Hotel (Hong Kong) Located near the most expensive shopping district in the world, real estate-wise, this spin on…
Sleepbox (Moscow, Russia) Another effective cost coup in an overpriced capital, the Sleepbox in Moscow brings a…
Citizen M (Paris, France) The proletariat’s voice is heard at this chain of budget-friendly designer hotels, which…
TuboHotel (Tepoztlan, Mexico) Based on a similarly tubular take on hotel construction found in Germany, the TuboHotel…
The POD (Singapore) Any comparisons to hostels stops at the door of The POD, the sleek bachelor pad of capsule…
Capsule Hotel (The Hague, Netherlands) It could be the beginning of a trip that takes you away from it all, that is,…
Kakslauttanen (Saarriselka, Finland) True, these glass-covered igloos are built for two, but as far as small dwellings…
Comments
Everybody loves feedback. Be the first to add a comment.
The author will be notified whenever new comments are added.