‘Fiber starters’: exotic nights in the cube
Almost everyone has slept in a tent under the stars at some time or other (in more or less comfort). But who would think of pitching their sleeping place in a museum, a cinema, or even on a bunker? This is exactly what the start-up company ‘sleeperoo’ is doing.
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s a tree house or a tipi – I’m a great fan of adventure nights in unusual places”, says Karen Löhnert, founder of sleeperoo. “Unfortunately, accommodation offers like this are few and far between, and you never know what level of sleep comfort to expect either.” That’s why now, Löhnert wants to combine exotic places for the first time – outside and in – with a comfortable sleep experience, in the shape of the Design|sleep Cube.
Fall asleep in the cinema – intentionally
“The locations must always be particular places where you can’t normally spend the night”, says Löhnert. In a Baroque church, for example, on a bunker 40 metres above the Hanseatic City of Hamburg, on a pier protruding 280 metres into the Baltic Sea, or – from January 2019 – in a cinema in Hannover. Wherever they’re thinking of spending the night, sleep cube users can view their exotic surroundings at all times through three large panoramic windows and a roof made of canvas panels stretched on a frame. On the inside, they can relax comfortably on a 1.6 metre wide and 2.0 metre long mattress with a soya oil filling. Fleece blankets, latex pillows and OEKO-TEX®-Standard bed linen ensure a cosy indoor world, with the bed surrounded by an atmospheric world on the outside. Clothes and shoes disappear behind cupboard doors and floor panels, and LED lights create the ambience.
A marriage proposal in the sleep cube
What happens, though, if the exotic dreamer has an urgent call of nature? “There is always access to a washroom with a WC”, says Löhnert. However, she’s noticed that the need for a washroom nearby and desire for seclusion are equally important to the cube sleeper: “We had a cube in an apple orchard 450 metres away from the WC – the distance was important for most users because they wanted to feel they were sleeping under apple trees, completely alone and away from civilisation.” And how do they feel during their adventure night? “Many tell us that, all of a sudden, they remembered what wind, rain, and rustling leaves sound like”, says Löhnert. As far as she knows, there hasn’t been a sleep cube baby yet (despite the fact that the windows have blinds). “Well, we’ve only been fully operational since March.” Having said that, she’d already heard of marriage proposals and romantic wedding days under the cube roof. “We have a visitor’s book in every cube and there are some really amazing entries in them.”
Angela Merkel amongst alpacas?
Are there locations she’d like to have in the future? “Of course, this is entirely emotions-led, but a cube on the Table Mountain in South Africa or in the middle of a pack of huskies would be fantastic – we already have ‘sleeping with alpacas’ on the programme”, says Löhnert, who has a guest on her wish list already: “When Angela Merkel is no longer chancellor, I would treat her to a night in the cube to recover from all the stresses and strains”, she says, jokingly. By the way, an overnight stay like this costs between 120 and 240 euros for up to three people. In future, you’ll even be able to buy the sleep cube: they are likely to cost around 12,000 euros and will fit, dismantled or in one piece, into a Sprinter van or onto a trailer. +++
Cover photo: Klaus Hansen Fotografie