UK start-up company the Photon Project has announced its plan to launch the Photon Space, the world’s first intelligent all-glass living unit. Motivated by the major productive benefits that natural light has on peoples energy levels, sleep pattern and overall health, the goal of the Photon Space is to create a dwelling that allows its occupants a maximum connection to the outside world.
Posited as an ideal addition to hotels, spas, health retreats, medical centres, and other resorts, the skin of the Photon Space is made of smart glass supported by curving glass beams, switching from transparent to opaque in seconds with the help of an iPhone app. The glass uses a coating that partially locks out infrared rays and totally locks UV, reducing the suite’s solar gain and preventing the increased exposure to the sun to the inhabitants of the Photon Space. In addition, the ability to darken the glass during the day means that users of the suite match their daylight hours to their body clock, helping international visitors to reduce the time to overcome jet lag from up to a week to as little as a single day.
Charlie Sharman, Managing Director of The Photon Project, has said, “After five years of research and technological advances in the glass systems we work with, we are very excited to be able to manufacture this revolutionary suite. As a group of experts in the glass and architecture industry, we are very passionate about bringing its benefits to the market”.
The Photon Space is a complete building with an integrated steel sub-frame that allows it to be constructed in virtually all locations within 4 weeks. It touches the Earth lightly and therefore is removed with very little impact on the surroundings. The majority of the envelope is glass, structurally bonded to curved glass beams in order to create the unique feel and atmosphere of the internal environment, as well as the vital connection with the outside through the 360 views. The intention is for The Photon Space to nest in the environment and become embedded in the surroundings. With a 45m2 footprint, The Photon Space is designed as a compact living solution and can incorporate a sitting room and double bedroom with a modular integrated kitchen and bathroom if required. The design also allows for some flexibility in the size and shape of the space within certain modular parameters and therefore it may be tailor-made for a specific purpose and function.
The double and triple glazed panels of glass in The Photon Space combine a range of the most advanced glass technologies available to produce an extremely high performance for insulation, solar gain, UV transmittance and sound levels. In other words, The Photon Space may be used all year round with very little need for heating or cooling.
The Photon Space aims to be first to market in the wellness tourism sector and their price is aiming to cost the same as the price to construct a single hotel room in a high-end luxury hotel. They are expecting an increase in 2016 and 2017 of sales into the Destination Spa sector, which caters for tourist whose primary purpose is to reach a healthier lifestyle. Their forecast assumes the sale of 3 types of Photon Space depending on size, fit-out and location and their price range from £210,000 to £265,000. They are looking for an investor to invest £395,000 to build the first commercial Photon Space at a 5* luxury Hotel/spa in the UK, to provide working capital for the launch and promotion of this space into the selected market and finance the materials for the second Photon Space. The funds raised might also be applied to marketing and product development over the next 5 years, leading to the launch of Photon Solutions in 2019.
How might the Photon Space change how people connect with the outside world?