Radical Innovation, a hospitality concept incubator seeking to challenge the hotel industry with progressive thinking in design and operations, has announced the finalists for the Radical Innovation Award 2016 competition.

Two professional finalists, Driftscape and Nest Inn, were selected by jury members to compete for the grand prize and present their concepts alongside the student prize winner, Space View Inn, October 5th at the New Museum in New York. Their submissions are as follows: 

Driftscape | Submitted by HOK’s Toronto office | Canada
Driftscape is a mobile, self-sustaining hotel that, through the use of drone technology, allows guests to roam or touch down in diverse locations unattainable to traditional hotels.

Driftscape hotels are made up of several modular units for ease of construction and mobility. Components include the “Oasis,” formed of operational and community units and a food and beverage element, and the “Driftcraft,” a single volume guest room unit that provides 360-degree views to the outside world and is fitted for untethered excursions of two to three days.

Driftcraft is designed with minimal impact to sensitive environments, preserving the integrity and authenticity of the experience.

Nest Inn | Submitted by MM Architects Designers & Planners | France
Nest Inn reimagines how we utilize urban parks and landscapes through a partnership between public and private entities. In response to the shortage of available space within cities, the lack of funding for essential parks and public spaces, and increasingly confined, restricted urban lifestyles, Nest Inn proposes introducing smart, flexible private spaces that will generate new experiences as well as revenue.

The completely customisable modular units may be connected for versatile uses from suites to meeting rooms, and aim to create a greater sense of well being through interaction with nature, as well as community.

Finalists were chosen from an exceptional selection of entries submitted from more than 20 countries. The Radical Innovation jury, comprised of top hospitality executives and design experts, selected the finalists based on their creativity and design, as well as their ability to impact the industry.

On October 5th, finalists will present their ideas to the jury on-stage at the New Museum. A live vote by audience members will determine whether Driftscape by HOK’s Toronto office or Nest Inn by MM Architects Designers & Planners (Paris) will be named the professional grand-prize winner and recipient of the $10,000 to further their concept. The runner-up will take home a prize of $5,000.

The student winner, Space View Inn by Juan Orduz (University of Nevada Las Vegas), will also present onstage at the New Museum, and in addition to receiving a $1,500 cash prize, he will continue his education in the Hospitality Design Master’s program at UNLV.

The Radical Innovation Award was founded and is co-produced by The John Hardy Group with support from founding sponsor Global Allies, official partner Sleeper magazine and media partner Architizer. Innovator level sponsors include AccorHotels, UNLV School of Architecture, Beyer Brown, DFL Legal, Son & Sons, and Martin Stringfellow Associates.