Imagine flying over the Grand Canyon or hovering through the plains of the Serengeti from the comfort and safety of your hotel room. That off-grid fantasy is at the heart of HOK’s Driftscape, a mobile, self-sustaining hotel conceived to give guests the power to travel almost anywhere they desire. Created by the firm’s Toronto office, the futuristic drone-integrated concept was recently selected as a finalist in the Radical Innovation Awards, a competition that seeks innovative ideas in hospitality.
The Driftscape hotel comprises two modular units: the “driftcraft,” an approximately 205-square-foot autonomous pod bedroom for two, and the 2,500-square-foot “Oasis” amenity and service pod. Built with high-impact polymer walls and a lightweight structural system, the transparent egg-shaped guest rooms offer 360-degree views and off-grid excursions of two to three days. The hovering driftcrafts promise a fully immersive and customizable experience that also leaves a minimal footprint on the physical environment.
“To set off on an adventure, to leave all comforts behind and wander in pursuit of the unknown has been a fundamental urge of humankind throughout history,” says HOK on the inspiration behind the concept. “We thus set out in search of a way to fulfill this urge, seeking a fully ‘immersive,’ significantly heightened guest experience and to provide a unique way to wander/drift and experience viewpoint of this amazing world we live in, from above and within.” The egg-shaped pods can also be joined together; three combined Oasis pods, for instance, would form an Oasis Base consisting of a communal lounge, restaurant, and courtyard.
Despite Driftscape’s futuristic design, the HOK Toronto office believes the drone-integrated hotel room could be available for commercial use in as early as five years, citing Ehang 184 and the Puffin Personal Air Vehicle as examples of existing technologies that could support the floating pods. On October 5, HOK and other finalists will present their ideas at the New Museum. The audience will cast a live vote to determine the winner, who will receive a $10,000 cash prize to further their concept.
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