Friday, May 4, 2012

Underwater hotel to be built in Dubai : just don't open the window

A villain's lair: The James Bond-style construction will be built out at sea

From WorldArchitectureNews

Ship repair, conversion and construction firm Drydocks World has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with BIG InvestConsult AG, a Swiss company representing Polish firm Deep Ocean Technology (DOT) which has developed highly innovative designs for an underwater hotel.

All at sea: Guests will be able to sleep underwater, but still enjoy the sunshine in the disc perched above the surface
The proposal still needs to be refined but currently suggests a Water Discus Hotel in Dubai with disc-shaped volumes both above and below the waterline.
Futuristic renderings of the concepts show modest bedroom units with generous panes of glass framing the vibrant underwater seascape of the Gulf.

Room with a view: Special lighting will allow guests to enjoy the flora and fauna outside their window and macro photography will help them zoom in on even the tiniest creatures

Twenty-one underwater two-person rooms are proposed for the hotel with privacy provided by curtains of varying transparency, an underwater diving centre with all necessary air locks and decompression chambers, and a spa, luscious garden and open terrace above the waterline.

The two parts of the structure would be connected by three legs

Underwater venues of this nature are unheard of on this scale and DOT has developed the technology to be as attractive as possible to potential investors.
Each structure is altered to the specific site coastline and depth of water, and can be easily extended or redeveloped by removing or adding additional discs.
There is even the option to construct an entire resort out of these innovative discs.
One of the upper plates has the ability to be used as a helipad and a ship’s radio system, high-speed internet access and satellite telephones provide the necessary amenities for those travelling on business.

Bogdan Gutkowski, President of BIG INVEST Group, furthers: “Water Discus Hotel project opens many new fields of development for the hotel and tourism sector, housing and city sector in the coastal off-shore areas, as well as new opportunities for ecology support by creation of new underwater ecosystems and activities on underwater world protection. Additionally we would like to create here in the UAE the international environmental programme and centre of the Underwater World Protection - with Water Discus Hotel as a laboratory tool for oceans and seas environment protection and research.”

Links : other underwater projects

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