Are Drones the Hotels of the Future?

HOK's Toronto Office

And you thought flying your drone over craggy mountains or cascading waterfalls was cool? Well, imagine vacationing in one.

Design firm HOK has done just that. The innovators in HOK’s Toronto office dreamed up a drone-hotel room for this year’s Radical Innovation Awards — a competition that imagines what the future of hospitality could be, for a $10,000 grand prize.

“We’re really looking at trying to capture the wonder of flight,” says Ian Rolston, Senior Project Designer at HOK Toronto.

The design, which is called Driftscape, uses drone technology to bring accommodations to places where traditional hotels can’t go. “You could place this concept anywhere in the world,” says Rolston. “You can drift the Grand Canyon in your own hotel room.”

The mobile rooms are designed as round pods with 360-degree views of your surroundings. They are double-occupancy units with a bathroom that includes a shower, a bedroom with a lounger that turns into a bed, and a small command center to control the technology.

Rolston says that Driftscape creates an immersive experience that couldn’t exist without the sophisticated innovation behind it. “I think we’re taking a look at technology that’s already available and putting it in hospitality,” says Rolston. “[It’s] a new way of viewing our world from a 360-degree vantage point.”