A new floating eco-hotel design by Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio (HAADS) boasts a zero-waste system and will generate its own electricity by slowly rotating. The studio envisions sitting the hotel off the coast of Qatar.

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An overhead view of the hotel, showing a long pier leading up to a circular structure.

It will take 24 hours for the round hotel to complete a full rotation. The revolving concept is based on dynamic positioning, the same computer-controlled system used to automatically maintain the position of ships.

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The side of a floating hotel, showing green balconies on the side of the building.

A floating pier will allow guests to access the hotel by car. They may also arrive by boat or helicopter, using the floating pier’s handy helipad. Since the hotel is built entirely on floating platforms, it could be moved somewhere else after its initial site off the Qatar coast.

The side of a floating hotel, showing a deck of pool chairs looking out on the ocean.

The 152 guest rooms will take up the outer ring of the hotel, each with a balcony and an ever-changing view as the structure slowly revolves. A circular reception desk will occupy the bullseye in the middle of the hotel, surrounded by a massive lobby with seating for guests to socialize. The design also includes indoor and outdoor pools, mini-golf, a gym, spa and sauna.

A pool area lined with white fixtures topped with helixes. In the background, people stand on their balconies on the hotel building.

Fifty-five vertical axis wind turbine and umbrella, or VAWTAU, modules will produce green energy. VAWTAU combines a wind turbine with a sun umbrella that can generate 25 KW of energy per module, powering the hotel.

The inside of the hotel, showing a circular lobby with a glass structure emerging from the center and going up to form the hotel ceiling.

HAADS has also incorporated rainwater harvesting into the design. The roof will collect rainwater, which will be treated and used to water the hotel’s green areas. Seawater will be purified and used as clean water, and wastewater will be treated. Food waste will fertilize the landscaping.

A night-time view of the inside of the hotel, showing a circular lobby with a glass structure emerging from the center and going up to form the hotel ceiling.

As of now, the floating eco-hotel is theoretical. Next come feasibility and technical studies. Then, hopefully, implementation. Don’t try to book a stay before late 2025, at the very earliest.

Based in Istanbul, HAADS is known for sleek, modern and futuristic designs. Hayri Atak himself is an award-winning architect who teaches at leading universities and judges national and international competitions. Kaan Kılıçdağ, Büşra Köksal and Kübra Türk are the other architects on the team designing the floating eco-hotel.


Via Design Boom