Boundaries pushed as Radical Innovation Awards 2016 finalists announced

Posted in News on 17 June, 2016

The Radical Innovation Awards 2016 have selected two professional finalists’ imaginative yet sustainable concepts for the hospitality market. Driftscape by HOK Toronto’s office and Nest Inn by MM Architects both challenge existing thinking and challenge conventional hotel operations.

Finalists were chosen from a 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.

Driftscape, submitted by HOK’s Toronto’s office, is a mobile, self-sustaining hotle that, through the use of drone technology, allows guests to roam or touch down in diverse locations unattainable to traditional hotels. The concept hotel is comprised of several modular units for ease of construction and mobility, and includes and ‘Oasis’ (formed of operational community, and F&B units), and ‘Driftcraft’ is a single-volume guestroom unit that provides 360-degree views to the outside world.


Nest Inn, submitted by MM Architects, Designers and Planners in France, reimagines how consumers utilise parks and landscapes through a partnership of public and private entries. In response to the shortage of available space with cities, the lack of funding for essential packs 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 unit may be connected for versatile uses from suites to meeting rooms, and aims to create a greater sense of well being through interaction with nature, as well as the community.


The finalists of the this year’s Radical Innovation Awards will be presented at New Museum in New York on the 5 October 2016.

The winning concept of this year’s student prize has already been announced. Space View, submitted by Juan Orduz, is a form of space travel that focuses on principles of transcendence and inclusion. It proposes using an expanding truss system to support and add boundaries to a main spherical volume that allows guests to experience incredible views as well as microgravity in a large interior space.


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