Located in the heart of Chinatown, along Singapore’s South Bridge Road, KINN is a new five-storey capsule hotel for the sophisticated modern traveller. The 10,000 sqft space is an upgrade to the usual flashpacker experience, fitted with a number of IoT systems, RFID locks, variable passcode entries, self-check ins, etc. It consists of 72 pods and shared spaces like lobby, toilets, pantry, laundry, locker rooms and roof terrace.
KINN takes on the concept of hyper futurism with a humanistic touch. It draws inspiration from a number of futuristic dystopian movies like Gattaca, Ghost in the Shell, Akira, Snowpiercer, Blade Runner to name a few. The idea was to design for the future but in our present time and context.
The pods were carefully designed after almost a year’s worth of research by staying in countless capsule hotels, gathering data from user testing and experimenting through prototyping. They are stacked vertically in twos with a spacious internal space of 4 x 6ft, equipped with a super single mattress, flip down table, vanity mirror, charging plugs and blinds for privacy. There are no protruding components in the pods, with only single-finger pulls for opening compartments. Walls are double panelled for acoustic insulation and carefully positioned air-vents for proper ventilation and air flow.
The space features gentle earthy hues and natural materials such as marble stone flooring and textured wood pods that mimics the colours and textures of nature, of rocks and soil and trees for a psychologically calming, relaxing and re-energising environment. A 9m tree takes centerstage at the void of level 2-4 with natural light penetrating through from the original skylight, bringing the feeling of being outdoors, indoors. The space encompass an atmosphere of warmth and comfort where travellers can feel calm and free to express and engage and immerse.
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