QATAR CONCEPTUAL ECO-FLOATING HOTEL
Turkish architecture firm and masters of elaborate design concepts Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio has created a conceptual floating hotel for Qatar. The project includes a circular volume that floats on the Persian Gulf and is designed to slowly rotate over the course of a day. The massive hotel concept includes over 150 guest rooms connected to lush green spaces and interior waterfalls. On top of the unique and futuristic form, guests will have access to a wide range of building amenities like a spa, gym, mini-golf, and pools.
The design firm explains that it is now working on technical design elements to best introduce sustainable practices. “Our team is working and studying with technical consultants and experts from different fields,” explains HAADS. “This project adopts the motto of minimum energy loss and zero waste as a principle according to the design approach it has put forward. Due to its characteristic moving feature, it generates electrical energy by rotating around its position according to the water flow and provides users with different perspective experiences.”
Some of the current green building elements include the vortex in the centre of the roof designed to collect rainwater that will be used for an irrigation system. Energy may be produced through solar panels, wind turbines, and a tidal energy system that works as the hotel rotates in the water. On top of all these goals, the designers also say that the hotel will work to purify and use seawater for their operations and that no waste produced by the hotel should impact the environment.
While the hotel will initially be based in Qatar if or when it’s completed, the project can also be located anywhere with the right current due to its “movable feature,” according to the designers. Covering over 35,000 square meters, the structure can be accessed via a 140-degree floating pier connected to the mainland, helicopter or boat.
While the project is still in the relatively early phases of the design process and there’s no estimated price tag as yet, the team have set a 2025 completion date. Despite the delays already incurred due to the pandemic and the technological research required to move forward, the designers say they’ve already had strong interest from investors and are hopeful that it will be up and running on time.