TRADITIONAL hotels are fine, but why settle for ordinary when you can stay in an extendable, floating, or mobile hotel? This sentiment is echoed by Radical Innovation head John Hardy.
Radical Innovation is a company striving to discover design concepts that “have the power to change the hotel industry.”
For more than a decade, Hardy and his team at The John Hardy Group — a hospitality development company which manages Radical Innovation — have been running a challenging hotel design contest.
The annual competition dares designers to create the ultimate guest experience and develop futuristic, sustainable and progressive hotel concepts.
To win, the contestants must show Radical Innovation what the hotel environment can be and wow a jury of hospitality, design, and investment experts with creativity and feasibility.
The competition is open to anyone who thinks they can improve the accommodation landscape.
“It’s not just designers that submit their projects, it’s students, hotel brands, cruise ship companies, engineers, and entrepreneurs and it’s a complete cross-section of humanity,” Hardy told Forbes.
The finalists in the professional category will be flown to New York City where the winner and runner-up will be announced, each taking home US$10,000 and US$5,000 respectively.
The winner of the student category is determined ahead of the New York City event and receives a prize of US$1,500. They’ll also be given a graduate assistantship in the Masters of Architecture program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a value of US$50,000.
But you’ll have to wait until 2019 if you want a chance at winning these prizes as Radical Innovation has already announced the finalists for this year.
Let’s take a look at the unorthodox designs that could be turning up in a city near you soon.
Floating Hotel – student honorable mention
The entry was submitted by Dinh Tam of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture in Vietnam.
Designed with ecotourism in mind, this hotel combines traditional Vietnamese cultures with tourism in a sustainable, floating village that boasts a truly authentic experience.
Within the wooden structures, there will be space-efficient fishing cages and gardens, encouraging guests to participate in first-hand farming and experience life in local river communities.
Room Extension Solution (RES) – student winner
It’s easy to see why Daniel Czyszczoń and Michał Witalis of the Cracow University of Technology in Poland won in the student category with their design, RES.
Combining autonomous vehicle technology with comfort and efficiency, this design allows guests to experience a part of their hotel as soon as they step off the plane.
Once they’ve checked into the moving room, equipped with luggage storage, cabinets and a fully functioning bathroom, they will be taken to the main structure of their hotel.
However, the autonomous vehicle will remain a feature of the guest’s room for the duration of the stay.
Aquaponic Experience Hotel – professional finalist
In a world of mass production, Varinot & Varinot Architectes in Paris want to create self-sufficient and sustainable hotels while maintaining luxury.
This design is fueled by the use of wastewater which is filtered through vertical gardens around the hotel.
Not only does this produce an abundance of super-locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs to be used inside the hotel, the system also reduces water consumption and recycles any unused water.
Autonomous Travel Suite – professional finalist
Much like the RES, the Autonomous Travel Suite integrates transportation and hospitality in a compact, driverless hotel room.
The design was submitted by Aprilli Design Studio in Los Angeles and offers guests door-to-door service from their home to their destination while also providing them with a place to sleep, wash, and work while they’re on the move.
The vehicle is delivered directly to the guest and then docks into a larger suite in a stationary hotel and acts as an add-on to the room.
Le Colline Incantate Hotel – professional finalist
Marketed as a “retreat for single parents and their children facing a new family situation,” the hotel focuses on guest experience in a beautifully designed space which perfectly slots into the hills in Northern Italy.
Submitted by Network of Architecture (NOA) in Bolzano, Italy, Le Colline Incantate incorporates comfortable zones and protected spaces to make guests feel safe.
NOA also enlisted the help of psychologists to develop several therapeutic programs to help guests adjust to the forthcoming changes in their lives.
“Not only have our selected finalists created concepts that are foreseeable in the not-so-distant future, but each holds the power to impact the future of travel in a creative and sustainable way,” added Hardy.
“We look forward to welcoming these innovators to the Radical community.”