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3 Radical Hotel Concepts We Hope Come to Fruition

Hotel & Resort | Patrick Clarke | June 22, 2016

3 Radical Hotel Concepts We Hope Come to Fruition

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Hotel concept incubator Radical Innovation recently announced the finalists for its 2016 design competition.

The two grand prize finalists will go head to head for $10,000 in funding, with a winner set to be announced this upcoming fall. However all three concepts, including the student finalist, will receive prize money to help them move forward with their creation.

Although there's no timetable on when you'll ultimately be able to book a room, these three one-of-a-kind concepts are sure to capture travelers' imaginations and we can only hope they become reality sooner than later.


 Photo courtesy of HOK. 

This mobile and self-sustaining hotel was submitted by HOK's Toronto Office and relies on drone technology to take guests places no other hotel can.

Comprised of various modular units that can be easily transported via drones, Driftscape is all about generating an authentic experience without causing harm or damage to a sensitive environment. The versatility also means that the Driftscape wouldn't be limited to the land.

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The highlight of this hotel concept is the Driftcraft, a guestroom unit boasting stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding environment and the ability to take guests on excursions of up to two or three days.


Photo courtesy of MM Architects Designers & Planners.

While not nearly as mobile as the Driftscape, Nesting is a similar concept in that it aims to utilize space that already exists.

Designed by France's MM Architects Designers & Planners, the hotel's customizable modular units can be set up in some of the most iconic public parks or deep inside a remote forest. 

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The concept is a potential solution to the lack of building space and funding for public parks and spaces in big cities. What's more, it would allow guests additional opportunities to interact with nature and the surrounding community depending on where it's set up.

Space View Inn

Photo courtesy of Juan Orduz.

Despite having the most hotel-sounding name of the three finalists, student-designed concept Space View Inn is arguably the most improbable of the three Radical Innovation finalists.

The brainchild of University of Nevada Las Vegas student Juan Orduz, the Space View Inn proposes the use of an expanded truss system that would provide added support and allow guests more space to roam. The design would also maximize view opportunities and allows guests to experience microgravity, which you won't find in any other hotel lobby.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Space View Inn concept is that it wouldn't be limited to millionaires and billionaires since a lottery system would select guests at random to venture to space.


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