Panasonic rolls out space-age capsule hotel

Despite the cultural differences it's still a wonder why Japanese capsule hotels haven't made their way to big U.S. cities like New York and Chicago. Perhaps a new take on the capsule hotel by Panasonic and designers Masaaki Hiromura and Takaaki Nakamura will inspire the West to finally adopt this futuristic hotel dynamic.

Set up like a normal (somewhat coffin-like) chamber for sleeping, the new 9H facility in Kyoto will merge cutting-edge electronics with minimalist design evocative of the late Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi aesthetic. Adorned with a simple, sleek black panel called the "sleeping environment system," the future of hotels will be on display at the Axis Gallery in Tokyo from August 19th, more information here.

Via SuperNews