HOK to launch flying hotels for remote tourist locales

Published on : Saturday, July 23, 2016

HOK's flying hotel podsHOK, the renowned architecture firm has planned to launch drones that would act as a portable hotel enabling holidaymakers to enjoy access to remote tourist locales. Known as Driftscape, the scheme would utilize drone technology to manufacture pods that can be flown across the world and placed in regions that are not appropriate for constructing hotels.


The planning won appreciation in the Radical Innovation Awards that recognize designers for their unique ideas that can revolutionize the hospitality industry.


The design team of Driftscape said that hotel guests would be able to enjoy spectacular views of their surroundings like China’s Pearl Waterfall or Grand Canyon, seated inside the flying pod that would be run by a central navigation system.


Guests would be offered access to two modular units. One of them, the Driftcraft, would measure about 19 square meters, offering enough space for two adults.


The ‘observation zone’ would be transformed into a bed with the click of a button. Guests can eat on adjustable side tables and utilize a three-piece bathroom.


Every mobile pod would possess an interactive pod containing details about guest activities and operational features.


The second modular unit would measure about 232 square metres and be home to support facilities and services.


Three of the larger flying pods would be connected to form a cluster that would be equipped with a courtyard and a restaurant.


Polymer walls would be a part of the transparent pods that would be quite lightweight and allow guests to enjoy a 360 degree view of their environment.


Self-levelling pneumatic support makes it possible for the units to perch on the ground without adversely affecting the site.


Electricity and plumbing facilities are present in the pods thanks to bio systems of aerospace industry.


HOK also planes to create an airship with guest rooms that resembles a whale as well as a snowflake-shaped floating hotel.


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