Unused spaces converted to overnight hostels and restored to original layout in the morning
Image credit: GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser
Darko SavicOct 16, 2021
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During the non-business hours, convert suitable spaces into overnight hostels. At the switch of a button, all the furniture and room dividers retract into the ceiling. The guests have to check out before the next day's business hours when the space gets restored back to its original layout.
Maximize the use of the otherwise unused space.
Extra income for the owner.
Affordable overnight stays in locations that would otherwise not be suitable for this (shopping malls, etc).
How it works
All the hostel's furniture is stored under the ceiling. Looking up, the furniture looks like abstract artistic lights. At the switch of a button, the furniture lowers from the ceiling as shown in this video:
Thick curtains divide the "rooms" so that the guests can have some privacy.
Bathrooms and ammenities are already present in the building for guests to use.
In the morning there is a wakeup call an hour before the space needs to be converted back to its original state. When the guests leave all the furniture retracts into the ceiling, leaving no trace of the hostel.
This idea was inspired by Spook Louw's popup shelter for homeless.
The walls separating the rooms of the hostel could also pop down from the ceiling. They don't have to be thick, but they would do much better at canceling noise and making the guests feel like they are in a private space than curtains. The walls can be foldable, a simple way in which a hand fan is folded would do. They can be made from light plastic or a mixture of plastic and thick textile or some other material(s) that can cancel the noise better. The bottom end of such a wall can be fixed in a dedicated groove on the floor, hooked to something, etc.