Despite recent advancements, the rails are about to see an even more futuristic redesign. This year's winner of the , a competition for inventive hotel design, wants to take train travel (or any kind of travel for that matter) up a notch.
The "Hyperloop Hotel" — designed by University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate Brandan Siebrecht — combines the comfort of and the convenience of speedy transportation all in one.
Here's how it works: a futuristic "Hyperloop system" would connect 13 mode of transportation would rely on using pod-like vehicles that move through a reduced-pressure tube.in different cities across the United States. Inspired by a concept Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduced back in 2013, the
What does that mean exactly? Well, it would be an energy-efficient way of traveling faster than a plane without even leaving your hotel room, .
The mobile lodge would make stops in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Sante Fe, Austin, Chicago, Nashville, Washington, DC, New York City, and Boston.
Not only would his concept eliminate the need to buy transit tickets separately from a hotel reservation, but guests could travel to multiple destinations in a single day without the inconvenience of actually traveling. Wave goodbye to boring layovers and long car rides!
The hotel guest suites would be made from re-purposed shipping containers, but with an air of luxury. Each would come with its own office, living room with a , bedroom, and a bathroom.
Although they haven't come up with a nightly rate just yet, Siebrecht predicts that guests would be able to travel via the Hyperloop system for a flat fee of $1,200.
"I believe the Hyperloop One is the next big innovation in transportation in the United States and possibly the world," Siebrecht told Business Insider. "I wanted to explore ways in which this technology could transform the overall travel experience and hospitality."
While Musk's , dubbed "DevLoop" is currently set for development, the project has experienced in getting its first full test up and running. They hope to be fully operation by 2020.
There are currently no set plans to build a Hyperloop Hotel yet, but Siebrecht's design gives us hope for a much easier (and sleeker!) way of traveling in the future.
Check out the rest of Siebrecht's award-winning design below.