Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Floating hotels have been appearing around the world in recent years, and destinations like Dubai and Qatar are leading the way with their increasingly innovative and exotic structures.
However, this new concept from the Turkish design team Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio, or HAADS, may outperform other designs when it comes to environmental awareness.
This luxury hotel, which has 152 rooms, not only generates its own electricity, it collects and reuses rainwater and food waste, too.
The team worked with several experts, including shipbuilding engineers and architects, to design the project, which began work on since March 2020.
If built, the floating structure will operate in a similar way to a “dynamo” generator, and the water current will be used, with wind turbines, and tidal force as it rotates, converting energy into electricity.
The hotel’s movement will be controlled via dynamic positioning, a computer-controlled system used to maintain the position and direction of ships, along with propellers and propellers as well.
Guests are less likely to feel dizzy, as it takes 24 hours for the hotel to complete a full 360-degree turn.
If the hotel is completed, it will initially be located in Qatar, however, the project could be located anywhere thanks to its portable feature, according to the designers.
An environmentally friendly concept
The structure occupies an area of more than 35,000 square meters and can be accessed via a floating dock connected to the mainland, helicopter or boat.
Guests can expect the same level of luxury as floating five-star hotels.
Facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa, a gym, and a mini golf course.
The impressive hotel ceiling is designed to simulate the shape of a whirlpool to collect rainwater that will be reused for various purposes, including irrigation.
The project is still in the relatively early stages of the design process, and there is no estimated price for it yet, however, the team has set a date for completion, i.e. 2025.
Despite the delays that have already occurred due to the emerging corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic, and the technological research required to move forward, designers have confirmed that they receive great interest from investors.
One of the factors that the team works on is the logistical aspect that may be necessary in the face of the possibility of having to move the hotel to land in the event of encountering “technical malfunctions” related to energy, or communication while on the water.
Meanwhile, the UAE shipbuilder, Seagate Shipyard, is currently building the $ 164 million Sea Palace Floating Resort in Dubai.
In Sweden, the “Arctic Bath”, a floating hotel and resort designed by architects Bertil Harstrom and Johan Kobe, opened its doors in early 2020.