driftscape: a drone-powered hotel concept designed by HOK's toronto office driftscape: a drone-powered hotel concept designed by HOK's toronto office
oct 09, 2016

driftscape: a drone-powered hotel concept designed by HOK's toronto office


HOK’s toronto office has unveiled a drone-powered hotel concept. named ‘driftscape’, the scheme has been conceived as a way to provide a fully immersive, significantly-heightened guest experience. inspired by ‘the fundamental human urge to wander’, the project is a mobile, self-sustaining hotel that, through the use of drone-technology, allows guests to touch down in a diverse range of locations unattainable to traditional hotels.

all images courtesy of HOK / radical innovation award



the toronto office of global architecture firm HOK was granted the 2016 radical innovation award for the project, which challenges the hotel industry to elevate guest experience by calling for new ideas in design and operations. driftscape hotels are comprised of modular units: the ‘driftcraft’, an autonomous guestroom pod; and the ‘oasis’, the amenity and service base.

the drone-powered hotel concept is named ‘driftscape’



each ‘driftcraft’ is designed to accommodate two guests, and support untethered excursions of 2-3 days before returning to the oasis to be restocked with necessary amenities. ‘driftscape meets growing market demand for authentic, immersive experiences with a concept that is entirely new and original,’ says john hardy, CEO of the john hardy group and founder of radical innovation. ‘the audience was won over not only by the romance of the idea, but the amount of research supporting its feasibility.’



the scheme has been conceived to provide a fully immersive guest experience

the project is inspired by the ‘fundamental human urge to wander’

the concept allows guests to touch down in diverse locations

the hotel is mobile and self-sustaining

each ‘driftcraft’ is designed to accommodate two guests

the project was granted the 2016 radical innovation award



video explaining the concept behind the scheme







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