Of all the mindblowing projects that Elon Musk has promised will change our lives at a future time and date TBD, the one I’m most looking forward to is the Hyperloop, the conceptual terrestrial high-speed transit system that shoots humans through tubes at airliner speeds. Let me repeat: HUMANS. SHOT THROUGH TUBES. AT AIRLINER SPEEDS. Will it ever happen in my lifetime, your lifetime, or our grandchildren’s lifetime? Hard to say.
But if Brandan Siebrecht has his way, the Hyperloop could be here sooner than you think. The graduate architecture student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas recently won this year’s Radical Innovation Award, which is given to designers and developers for their dope and possibly infeasible hotel designs. Siebrecht’s baby, the “Hyperloop Hotel,” would incorporate Musk’s Hyperloop to create a transit system that seamlessly connects hotels in 13 different U.S. cities: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Here’s how it would work: For $1,200, you can zip between any of the cities without theoretically leaving your room, according to Business Insider. “Guests would be able to travel to any hotel destination within the network and even visit multiple destinations in a single day,” Siebrecht told BI. Just imagine eating barbecue in Austin for lunch and chowder in Boston for dinner. You could do other things, too, but the food is what really matters here.
Siebrecht says each modular hotel will cost around $10 million to build. Guest suites will be re-purposed from shipping containers—which come in handy for lots of things these days—and will include a bedroom, bathroom, living room and an office.
The one small hitch, of course, is that in order to have a Hyperloop Hotel, you first need a Hyperloop, which doesn’t actually exist yet. Still, Siebrecht is hoping to break ground within the next five to 10 years, so we can only imagine that he’s furiously texting his pal Elon at this very moment to hurry the fuck up already.