Are flying Hotels about to change our ways of travelling?

 In en, environment, greenhouse gas, innovation

We all know what a hotel is. We’ve all stayed in a different city or country, relaxed against foreign sheets and eaten breakfast in a restaurant that is part of our accommodation. We all know what a drone is. We’ve all seen those little flying unmanned aircrafts whizzing around the sky at the whim of its controller. But what we haven’t seen, is the combination of both these things. For most, it wouldn’t even cross our minds to fuse together these two seemingly very separate ideas. But that’s exactly what the design and architecture company HOK have thought about.

The introduction of self-sustaining hotel units

Aptly named, Driftscape is a drone powered hotel room that can drift or fly to many parts of the world. This is a concept that was thought up back in 2016 when it won the 2016 Radical Innovation Award. The hotel itself is made up of single units, which in a traditional hotel would be the rooms. Each room unit is made from a specialised glass and gives a 360° view of all of its surroundings. They are self-sustaining, running on hydrogen and solar power, and are designed to have the lowest impact on the earth as possible. They have designed many components that can be connected together so that the concept feels like a real hotel. There are additions such as a kitchen, bar and lounge area. The unit rooms themselves can be detached and programmed to go on excursions to predefined destinations for two or three days.

So, the hotel rooms, also called Driftcrafts would be 19 square feet and contain a bed and bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. The water on the craft is produced and reused by the technology commonly used on spaceships, and the rooms would act very much like traditional hotel rooms. The bed is retractable and can be used as an observation area when not needed. The materials used for the crafts are transparent polymer materials, alloys commonly used in the aerospace industry. All of this can be attached to the larger ‘base’ wherein the amenities will be accessible.

Revolutionising the way we travel

Whether flying hotels become a reality in our lifetimes or not, the idea is still very likely. I mean, once the physics and technicalities of the concept are ironed out, the potential seems clear. These hotels could revolutionise the way we travel and how we stay in hotels. No more static places in cities and places every human has always gone. We could essentially use these little pods to travel to places untouched by the human foot. There is the potential to travel the world, all from the comfort of your hotel suite.

The idea of these hotels could make travel so much more accessible. Just think about jumping into a floating hotel suite to go to your company headquarters in another country. No rush, no documents to lose, no stress about check in and check out times. All you need is yourself, your flight plan and your flying hotel. The future of travel may just be a concept for the moment, but it is something I definitely see happening. There are many companies looking into the feasibility of flying hotels, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see which company is first.

Although, we have to admit one of the biggest flaws in the concept is borders between countries. If these mobile hotel rooms are to cross over countries, they absolutely need to provide border controls of some kind. After that, the journey should be boundless, changing the very concept of travel and hospitality.

What are your thoughts on this innovation? Could you see yourself making a use of these flying hotels in the future? At Venture Campus we are all about innovative ideas. Want to share yours? Contact us and let’s chat about all the opportunities!


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