First UK Sleep Capsule Installation!
We're delighted to unveil our first installation of Kotobuki Sleep Capsules in the UK!
Kotobuki sleep capsules are the original capsule beds, first installed in Kyoto, Japan in 1979. Although Kotobuki sleep capsules have since evolved to suit the needs of modern rest, the design principles remain the same - space efficiency, a restful interior, and high quality construction and build.
Today, as well as being an attractive option for hostel and hotel operators, sleep capsules are also proving a popular choice for rest areas for shift workers in healthcare and the emergency services. Our first UK installation is at the new base for the East Anglian Air Ambulance in Norwich, where they provide private rest spaces for clinicians and pilots on the night shift.
So how did the crew at EAAA feel about the adoption of this iconic Japanese phenomenon? Matthew Jones, Director of Operations, commented, “People weren’t sure about having sleep capsules here at first. There was a lot of skepticism about privacy and noise. Crew members also worried that the capsules would be claustrophobic, and that you they would feel the capsules move when other users got in and out. So far though, everyone has been pleasantly surprised on all fronts.”
The photographs on this page are by kind permission of Sarah Toon.