Radical Innovators

2016 Winners


Grand Prize Winner
HOK Toronto

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.


Runner Up
MM Architects Designers & Planners

Nesting 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, Nesting proposes introducing smart, flexible private spaces that will generate new experiences as well as revenue. The completely customizable 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.

Space View Inn

Student Winner
Juan Orduz

Space View Inn is a form of space travel that focuses on principles of transcendence and inclusion. Current space structures are characterized by small, confined spaces not conducive to meaningful and enjoyable travel experiences. Space View Inn proposes using an expanded 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. Additionally, the concept proposes a more inclusive, democratic form of space travel by introducing a lottery system that makes the experience possible for ordinary individuals, as well the very wealthy.

2015 Winners


Grand prize winner

Facilitating global living and working for the traveling professional, Zoku is a home-office hybrid, also suitable for long stays, with the services of a hotel and the social buzz of a thriving neighborhood. Zoku will be a relaxed place to live, work and socialize with like-minded people while getting wired into the city. Currently in the final stages of development, Zoku Amsterdam is scheduled to open in 2016. livezoku.com


Runner up

Snoozebox delivers portable on-site event & festival hotel accommodation, letting guests stay close to the action. Custom trucks deliver premium rooms, which adapt internally to suit a range of customers, providing a day room and seven different en suite sleeping configurations. Tessellation of space & form around custom folding mechanisms maximizes guest space and allows rooms to compact by 50% during transportation. A hotel of a 100 rooms can be setup in 24 hours. snoozeboxhotel.co.uk/

Adaptive Balloons

Student winner
Yasmin Abdelfattah Soliman

Adaptive Balloons is designed to offer a refuge for people who have been affected by natural disasters and crises around the planet. A pop-up concept that can be installed and removed as needed, the adaptive tree is prefabricated to be installed on land or in water. The main tree body is designed as a hollow skeleton used to generate energy through vertical wind turbines, and hosts inflatable ‘Balloons’ made of vinyl skin on branches that extend outwards. The Balloons act as living spaces for those affected.

2014 Winner

Green Air Hotel

Grand prize winner
Studio Twist, China

The design of this hotel combats air pollution in cities.

Why Green Air?
– This hotel would be a haven for those looking for healthier environments.
– In cities where air pollution is a threat, air is more dangerous indoors than outside.
– A NASA scientist confirmed that adding plant life makes buildings more inhabitable.

2013 Winner

Pop-Up Hotel

Grand prize winner

A pop-up concept that transforms empty Class A office spaces in midtown Manhattan into viable hospitality hubs.

Its benefit?
-The hotel repurposes existing space.

-A new opportunity to create an immersive thematic environment that exists temporarily and can easily be changed.

-Social media savvy travelers will appreciate following the hotel to different sites.

2012 Winner


Grand prize winner
MM Planners

Koi is a bridge-hotel that can be built across famous rivers around the world. Its architectural design will provide urban links and new functions for private and public spaces.

How Radical?
-This concept adds iconic architecture to an urban landscape.

-By connecting to land masses, the project is strategically located within a city.

-It is well-positioned to be a one-of-a-kind experience within any city.

2011 Winner

Ark Hotel

Grand prize winner
Remi Studio

A hospitality solution for refuge and natural disasters, this self-reliant capsule can inhabit both land and sea.

Why Ark?
-This shelter acts as its own ecosystem.

-The structure would withstand rising sea levels.

-It is natural disaster proof.

2010 Winner


Grand prize winner

A multi-model shelter, Mosaic is an environmentally sustainable, flexible and highly-customizable solution to offer anything from medical treatment to a hotel.

The beauty of Mosaic?
-It can be easily transported in and out of locations based on the need for hospitality environments.

-Low-risk hotel investing with a focus on the shelter itself rather than the real estate.

-Unprecedented adaptation of concept and sustainability.

2009 Winner

Pixel Hotel

Grand prize winner
Metro 1 Properties

One of the pioneers in the pod-hotel movement, this hotel has rooms that are scattered throughout the city of Linz, Austria.

The Pixel revolution?
-The strength of the Pixel brand expands well beyond a single building, and it places guests squarely in the city itself.

-It is the ultimate experience for the modern, social traveler.

-It reinvented the traditional hotel model.

2008 Winner

Oil Rig Platform & Spa

Grand prize winner
Morris Architects

The first self-sufficient hotel in the Gulf of Mexico to be constructed from oil rigs, the Rig Hotel would offer an eco-friendly high-end hotel adventure to guests.

Its innovation?
-The merger of the luxury resort and cruise experience.

-A sustainable solution that solves a waste problem.

-Making a green hotel concept high-end.

2007 Winner

Poseidon Undersea Resort

Grand prize winner
Jean-Claude Carme

Proposed as the world’s first undersea hotel, this 7-star luxury resort would offer guests the experience of a lifetime underwater.

The appeal?
-Putting a traditional hospitality experience in unchartered territory.

-Giving the hotel a value proposition that makes it a valuable destination.