The hotel design process seems poised for some major changes in the coming years, many of which are being driven by advances in technology.
In fact, architects are already designing things like apartment buildings that use custom 3D-printed pods, as well as pop-up hotels that can be temporarily set up anywhere, including among the world’s most impressive and scenic vistas. Now, a graduate student studying architecture at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has created a concept that could combine the physical process of travelling from one place to another with a luxury hotel stay.
While it’s still far too early to call this the future of the hospitality, this futuristic design model does provide us with a fun glimpse at some of the things that may be possible in the near future. The students name is , and he has called his design the “Hyperloop Hotel.”
The concept has already won accolades, landing Siebrecht among two student finalists vying for the 2017 Radical Innovation Award, which is given out annually to the most imaginative hotel design concepts in the hospitality industry. What Siebrecht’s concept does is link 13 hotels in popular cities in the United States — including Washington D.C., Chicago Las Vegas, Seattle Portland, San Francisco and Austin — together by using a gigantic pneumatic tube for transportation.
In a concept that feels like it’s taken right out of a sci-fi movie, guests would stay in modular pods that would be loaded into this transportation system and then passed between cities at supersonic speeds, easily slotting in a corresponding hotel in the next city upon arrival.
The practical implications of this are astounding, and would have the potential to change not only the industry but the way people think about planning vacations, as well as business travel. The idea for this design actually came from something called Hyperloop One, which is an actual hyperloop mode of travel that is being developed in the barren area north of Las Vegas. The roots of this idea date back to 1909, when it was first proposed by Robert Goddard, who was a pioneer in rockets. It has been revived by Elon Musk, the owner of Tesla, who in 2013 penned a White Paper that proposed using low pressure tubes to create efficient, expedient and environmentally-friendly transportation between major cities.
By Siebrecht’s count, building a hyperloop hotel concept would require $10 million per hotel. His proposal calls for suites/pods that would also be constructed from repurposed shipping containers, and would contain all the standard touches travelers expect to find in hotels, including an office, a living room space, a bedroom and a bathroom. There are currently no plans to actually build Siebrecht’s hyperloop hotel, but the Hyperloop One project north of Las Vegas is aiming to have a transport tube test track that is up and running by the year 2020. Siebrecht estimates that it would take about 10 years to build these hotels.