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Capsule hotel guests can now let off steam in Nordic sauna

Capsule hotel guests can now l...
°C features a sauna imported from Finland
°C features a sauna imported from Finland
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°C's interior is very utilitarian
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°C's interior is very utilitarian
The capsule rooms in °C are clustered together
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The capsule rooms in °C are clustered together
°C features a sauna imported from Finland
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°C features a sauna imported from Finland
°C was completed in December, 2017
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°C was completed in December, 2017
Each room in °C measures 110 x 220 x 110 cm (3.6 x 6.8 x 3.6 ft)
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Each room in °C measures 110 x 220 x 110 cm (3.6 x 6.8 x 3.6 ft)
Inside °C's Finnish sauna
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Inside °C's Finnish sauna
°C is located in Tokyo
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°C is located in Tokyo
°C was completed in December, 2017
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°C was completed in December, 2017
°C features a sauna imported from Finland
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°C features a sauna imported from Finland
°C's sauna showers
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°C's sauna showers
°C's sauna showers
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°C's sauna showers
The translucent material used for °C's showers doesn't look very private 
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The translucent material used for °C's showers doesn't look very private 
The idea is that visitors to °C split their time with an hour relaxation before bed, seven hours sleep, and then another hour before checkout
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The idea is that visitors to °C split their time with an hour relaxation before bed, seven hours sleep, and then another hour before checkout
°C's interior is very utilitarian
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°C's interior is very utilitarian
Each capsule hotel room in °C measures just 110 x 220 x 110 cm (3.6 x 6.8 x 3.6 ft)
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Each capsule hotel room in °C measures just 110 x 220 x 110 cm (3.6 x 6.8 x 3.6 ft)
℃ was completed in December, 2017
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℃ was completed in December, 2017

Before the tiny house movement was even a thing, Japan had already taken downsizing to the extreme with its capsule hotels, which squeeze lots of extremely small hotel rooms together under one roof. Tokyo-based firm Schemata Architects recently completed the renovation of an aging capsule hotel, which involved the addition of a sauna imported from Finland.

Located in Tokyo, the °C (or Do-C) hotel is part of the 9h capsule hotel chain, which takes its name from the maximum length of stay allowed. The idea is that visitors will split their time between an hour's relaxation before bed, have seven hours sleep, with a final hour left to checkout.

The experience is definitely not for the claustrophobic. Visitors sleep in little capsule rooms measuring a mere 1.1 x 2.2 x 1.1 m (3.6 x 6.8 x 3.6 ft), which are accessed by a little hatch entrance and contain few home comforts, other than a bed and TV (bathrooms are shared).

Each capsule hotel room in °C measures just 110 x 220 x 110 cm (3.6 x 6.8 x 3.6 ft)
Each capsule hotel room in °C measures just 110 x 220 x 110 cm (3.6 x 6.8 x 3.6 ft)

However, for those wanting to unwind, the firm did install a nice-looking sauna that promises a proper Scandinavian-style experience.

"The sauna was originally imported from Finland to Japan, which later evolved locally and a distinct combination of the sauna and cold bath for cooling down was established," says the firm. "Cooling down process is very important when using a sauna. Here shower faucets called 'Warm Pillar' (manufactured by TOTO) with a temperature controlling function are used for cooling down. The method called 'löyly,' which is common in Finland, is adopted to create authentic saunas."

Sauna aside, the renovation project seems like it was carried out with one eye on the budget and the end result looks very utilitarian. Schemata Architects retained the retro beige color scheme of the capsules themselves, while the building's interior walls are finished in wood and its exterior is covered in anti-corrosion paint.

Work on the project was completed in December, 2017. Bookings are available now, starting at ¥1,900 (roughly US$17) per stay.

Sources: Schemata Architects, °C

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