CHAPTER 1 : WHERE WE BEGAN

SLEEEP: Everyone needs it. Everyday. Everywhere.

Back in 2014, in response to a call for proposals at Harvard University, we began to rethink the future of urbanism. With a projected world population of almost doubling that of today, and the unprecedented speed of urbanisation, we were asked to come up with proposals for the cities of 2030.

We started with the one simple fact that Space is limited. And with climate change, this could only become more desperately true. In Hong Kong, this reality is already causing an affordability crisis and by which, the increasing commute time and seemingly endless working hours so to get by, seriously challenges the foundation of our well-being – Sleep.

Could there be a space that is centrally located, that would provide quality sleep at an affordable price, whenever one needs it?

In late 2016, SLEEEP was born.