Lonely Planet Writer

Why hotels delivered by drone could be the future of the hospitality industry

Take a look at the incredible finalists for this year’s Radical Innovation Award because they might represent the future of the hospitality industry.

The designers believe drone hotels could be the future of the hospitality industry.
Driftscape will allow drones to drop modular hotels in remote areas. Image by HOK’s Toronto office

The competition showcases new concepts for the hotel industry and challenges them to incorporate new ideas and design to improve guest experience. Entries came in from more than 20 countries and now only two professional finalists and one student winner are left in the race.

Inside Driftscape's modular hotels.
Inside Driftscape’s modular hotels. Image by HOK’s Toronto office

The first professional finalist is Driftscape, a mobile hotel that will touch down in remote locations with the help of drone technology. Imagined by Toronto’s HOK, guests can stay in hotels with modular units for guest rooms kitchens, all with 360-degree views. The units are designed to reach places that traditional hotels can’t, while at the same time being environmentally conscious.

Will Nesting's naturalistic suites be the future of the hospitality industry?
A concept drawing for Nesting. Image by MM ArchitectsDesigners & Planners

The second finalist is Nesting, a reimagining of how we use public spaces like parks. Created by Paris-based MM Architects, Designers and Planners, the concept imagines flexible public spaces that could be used for different purposes like suites or meeting rooms. They hope it will help people interact more with nature and their community.

Nesting reimagines how we could use public spaces.
Nesting reimagines how we could use public spaces. Image by MM ArchitectsDesigners & Planners

The student winner of the award is Juan Orduz with Space View Inn. He envisages space travel with incredible views and a comfortable, large interior, a far cry from the small, cramped spaces we traditionally associate with space travel. In addition, he proposes that the experience should be awarded by lottery, ensuring ordinary people get to experience space travel as well as the very wealthy.

Space View Inn reimages a more inclusive form of space tourism.
Space View Inn reimages a more inclusive form of space tourism. Image by Juan Orduz

The two professional finalists will present their work on the future of the hospitality industry on 5 October at the New Museum, New York, with the winner taking home a $10,000 prize. Juan Orduz will also present his winning design and return to his studies with a cash prize of $1500.

To learn more about the Radical Innovation Award or to see previous winners of the prize go to their website.