Our colleague Lynn Ackerson recently flew through the Munich airport, where she encountered two odd, futuristic-looking cubes in Terminal 2. Intrigued but exhausted, she curled up across a few chairs in the waiting area during her layover and said she’d investigate after her nap. Too bad she didn’t look first.
The gleaming white boxes are in fact Napcabs, and have been installed in the airport for about a year now. The winning design from the Technical University of Munich’s 2007 Innovation competition, these two cubes let you have a private nook to yourself for awhile, where you can sleep, check email, and escape the stresses of the airport. They’re outfitted with Wi-Fi (though some reports have said it can be spotty), a bed, electrical outlets, and ambient lighting. They cost about 15 Euros an hour and you can use your credit card to swipe yourself in and out.
Um, we want one?