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Say you’re going to a music festival and plan to spend the night. You have a few options. You could rig up a roomy tent, but then you’ll have to protect your palace from drunken Phish fans. You could sleep on Mother Earth’s very own sleeping bag, though that’s never quite as comfortable as it sounds. You even could shell out for an overpriced hotel room somewhere off site, but that sort of misses the whole point, doesn’t it? There is another emerging option: Booking a pod in one of these funky honeycomb hotels.
This odd-looking structure is called a B-And-Bee. It’s a prototype that’s making the rounds at Belgian music festivals. It looks like the lovechild of Japanese capsule hotel and a super luxe glamping tent. And I want to sleep in it.
B-And-Bee is the winning entry of a Belgian competition looking for ideas surrounding sustainable entrepreneurship. In Belgium, music festivals are huge. Attendees usually bring cheap tents to sleep in, and when the fun is over they’ll leave the tent to be trashed or burned. It’s an ecological nightmare, says Diana Schneider, a designer at Achilles Design who led the project along with Raf Schoors, Tim Ruytjens and social entrepreneurs at Compaan and Labeur. “We wanted to provide a sustainable sleeping option.”