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Unused spaces converted to overnight hostels and restored to original layout in the morning

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 16, 2021
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During 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.
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Foldable, pop-down walls instead of curtains

Povilas S
Povilas S Oct 21, 2021
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.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 years ago
That was my initial thought as well, however:
  • the ceiling on suitable hallways is often high. Anything that folds that high would take a lot of space.
  • If the walls folded inwards, they would obstruct the furniture that also has to be pulled up. If they folded outwards, they would obstruct the folding of adjacent units.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw3 years ago
What spaces do you think would be suitable?
I can only really imagine parking areas, as most other spaces will be utilized for products/furniture even during non-business hours. Other options might include conference halls or theatres (even though they also usually have semi-permanent furniture taking up the floor space) or sport facilities like basketball courts, dancehalls and inline skating rinks. Hallways in shopping malls might also work but I predict that business owners would not be happy about having people around their stores while they are closed as this could be a security risk.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 years ago
Shopping malls and sport facilities come to mind. If business owners have a say when it comes to the hallways, they might get a share of the profits for agreeing to let it happen.
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Aashi Agarwal
Aashi Agarwal3 years ago
This seems like a good idea. I think having a system in place to prevent damage to the property and prevent littering of the place could help since this will not be a conventional hostel/hotel/homestay that have enough time for carrying out cleaning and maintenance activities.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 years ago
These features could solve the problem:
  • All the furniture would be made of material (or coating) that is waterproof and doesn't get degraded by disinfectants.
  • Bed mattresses would resemble tatami judo mats. The softness could be adjusted to make it perfectly comfortable for sleeping. They are fairly waterproof.
  • Waterproof bedding. Wipable blankets and pillows.
All guests would have to leave the beds an hour before the place is due to open for the main business. A cleaner would spray down all the surfaces and beds like so:
The floor would be vacuumed/washed with the place's usual cleaning machine. It would all be done in time before the place is open for daytime business.
There could even be disinfectant foggers mounted on the ceiling. The entire place could be disinfected at the click of a button. Someone could wipe down everything before the place reopens.
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