Capsule hotels were conceived in Japan as cheap and convenient accommodation for guests in need of basic overnight lodging and nothing more. Nowadays, many variations on the capsule theme have emerged: some offer a purely functional experience, while others go all out to impress with trendy, well-designed interiors. The ‘Pod’ hotel by Formwerkz Architects is Singapore’s newest capsule hotel that, according to its inventor offers comfort, convenience and modern living. Following the usual capsule style hotel that originated in Japan, The ‘Pod’ features cabin-like rooms that are designed to only fit a bed and are often stacked on top of one another like bunk beds – but with more privacy. Located on Beach Road, close to the financial district as well as a popular shopping area, this hotel “looks to ‘fill the gap’ between budget hostels and conventional hotels,” according to indesignlive.
“The Pod is designed for communal living and for travellers on a budget, yet emphasises “the comfort, premium services, and the style and feel of a boutique hotel,” explains co-founder Alan Tay (also one of the founders of Formwerkz Architects).” The contemporary interiors also draw subtle references from its Kampong Glam locale”. The Pod has 83 capsules. Guests can choose between single Pods (front-entry pods for more privacy or side-entry pods for more locker space) or couple Pods. There are also female-only Pods for those desiring added privacy. In addition, The Pod offers a range of services such as personalised concierge service, complimentary dry-cleaning and laundry service, the use of business suites, and Wi-Fi connectivity.