Most campers sleep in tents or cabins.
EoA Inc, a California-based engineering consulting firm, wants to combine those two components into one experience, with a twist: letting campers sleep above the trees. The company designed what it calls “Living the Till,” a hotel that’s essentially an elaborate system of eight hovering tents.
EoA Inc is the winner of this year’s Radical Innovation Award, a competition for imaginative hotel designs. In June, a jury of hotel investors, developers, and architects selected Living the Till as one of five finalists out of over 65 submissions. About 150 hospitality industry professionals voted to name Living the Till the winner on October 4.
The hotel would be suspended in the air, using wires to tie it to the trees. Each tent would feature a bed, pillows, and a nightstand. Guests would access their tents by a wooden staircase, which would connect to a tree next to a giant net that would act as a “floor.”
EoA Inc said in a statement that the hotel could exist anywhere, and even move to different locations.
“A unique treetop hotel resort concept, Living the Till, allows for seasonal inhabitation in remote areas, such as the stunning and perfectly preserved forests of Ecuador, Malaysia, Borneo, the Amazon, California, Australia, or Japan,” the statement read.
The team also said that building the hotel would not hurt the trees it ties onto. But the structure — containing guests that would likely create noise and light — could disrupt wildlife that live in the trees.
The most challenging aspect of the hotel would likely be making sure campers don’t fall off the edge.
There are no concrete plans to build the first Till hotel, but it would technically be possible to do so. (Having a suspended grill, like in the rendering above, might not be the safest idea, though.)
Radical Innovation’s student winner, Brandan Siebrecht, drafted a more complicated design. His “Hyperloop hotel” would let guests rapidly travel between a network of locations in cities around the world.
The Living the Till project “was perhaps the most serene of entries — the escape it provides is both rare and welcomes in the fast-paced modern world,” John Hardy, the award’s founder, said in a statement.