DOME Sleeping Pod


DOME Sleeping Pod

Perkins & Will

Combining essential furnishings of a bedroom into a compact 43-square footage sleeping unit

Built Prototype Only


1 resident / 1 unit

$4,000 / resident

Medium Term (1-10 years)

1 days offsite1 days onsite

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Concept Owner / Company: Perkins and Will

The DOME is a modular, unitized system specifically designed for interim and emergency housing. It combines all essential furnishings found in a standard sleeping area into a single 2’ wide by 6’ deep by 6’ tall unit. Conceived as a cross between a Murphy Bed, a wardrobe, and camping tent, the units allow operators to combine or eliminate elements drawn from each of these objects to configure the option that works best with their security needs while simultaneously maximizing privacy for residents.

Each Dome includes lockable storage, a bed frame, an electrical outlet, and an aisle light. A tent-like canopy can also be added giving residents full visual privacy.

  • Quoted Total Cost: $4,000
  • Planned Occupancy (1 person/bed): 1 bed
  • Estimated Cost Per Bed: $4,000
  • Quote’s Total Interior Square Footage: 43 sqft
  • Quote Includes # Units: 1 unit
  • Used for Shelter Before: Not used as shelter yet
  • Readiness: Built Prototype Only
  • In Stock / Ready to Ship Today: No
  • Manufacturer Identified and Available: N/A
  • Setup Speed: 7 days
  • Setup Difficulty: Low skill (RV, tent)
  • % Built Onsite: 50% – Some Prefab Parts Assembled On-Site/Flat Pack
  • Portability: Semi-Mobile (detachable, minor disassembly)
  • Intended Use of Shelter: Medium Term (1-10 years)



Design AdvantagesModular, Unitized System:
DOME units are spaced 5 feet apart resulting in a total sleeping area of 42 square feet. Modules are arranged along a central circulation spine in groups of four to six in an effort to promote community. Access aisles within each cluster are minimized to reduce sightlines into individual sleeping areas.
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Sustainability / Green Building Certifications?GREENGUARD Gold Certified for low emissions/indoor air quality
Materials Used / Made of:Acrylic solid surface is inherently non-porous, repairable, and renewable to factory finish. Not only is it microbial-, fungal-, mold-, and bacterial-resistant, it’s Class A fire-rated and GREENGUARD Gold Certified for low emissions/indoor air quality. Combined with these fabrication techniques, acrylic solid surface is a healthy, easy-to-maintain solution for standardized modular living accommodations.
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