Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick has become one of a number of investors in 3D-printed hotel startup Habitas, which was founded in 2014.
The company, which already has trial projects in Mexico, aims to cut build times to only six to nine months with its 3D-printed hotels, several times faster than a traditional construction period.
With investments from Kalanick and other investors like Ocado chief executive Tim Steiner and Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen, Habitas has raised $20m.
It will use the funding to expand into Asia and Africa, with eight openings touted for 2020 including properties in Namibia and Bhutan.
Co-founder and CEO Oliver Ripley commented to the Financial Times regarding the company’s ethos: “We are focusing more on the people, the community, the experiences – a little bit like Club Med for our generation.
“What is the equivalent to Club Med for us? Incredible experiences with food, with music, with the right kind of wellness — not the fanciest spa but really just reconnecting.”