Problem: shortage of affordable space for hotel and dormitory accommodation in Hong Kong.
Solution: space age capsule pods complete with WiFi, TV and a pull-down privacy screen with an image of the earth.
I’m not sure how that earth image will help you get a good night’s sleep but it photographs well.
The makers of these steel and plastic, fire resistant pods claim that their model is the progeny of the cross-breeding of existing Japanese pods with astronaut cockpits. I want to therefore call them cockpods, but I know I shouldn’t.
They will rent for about $30 a night, a fraction of what you would pay for that grotty room in Tsim Sha Tsui, where the walls have been decorated with the guts of mosquitoes and the spittle of generations of slobs.
Aside from the space-terror feel of this creative solve (I’ve seen Alien too many times), they will probably prove popular with students and tourists, and could very well solve another critical social issue in Hong Kong – the housing of the poor.
The pods are a vast upgrade on the dehumanizing steel cages, which slumlords have rented out to the disadvantaged for half a century.