Qatar is planning a number of floating hotels in preparation for the 2022 World Cup, but one is creating a massive global buzz for both its luxury and sustainability aspects.
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) rich Qatar plans to build a floating eco-hotel that would spin very slowly to generate its own electricity via solar, wind, and underwater tidal energy.
The Eco-Floating Hotel is designed by Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio (HAADS) and will have 152 rooms. The hotel will produce clean energy and have zero waste, according to the designs.
The hotel will feature vawtaus, or vertical axis wind turbines and umbrellas, which will also function as umbrellas on the coastal band of the doughnut-shaped hotel. Each vawtau module will be capable of generating 25 kilowatts (kW) of electricity, and 55 such modules are planned.
The vortex shape of the roof would be used to collect rainwater for irrigating the greenery, where carefully designed solar panels and wind turbines are also available to provide power.
According to the design studio HAADS, as carried by New Atlas, the plan is just in its concept phase.
Other floating hotels
This is not the first floating hotel project in Qatar, but it is certainly the most luxurious hotel project yet.
Early in 2020, alternative real estate company ADMARES said it would deliver 16 energy sustainable floating hotels to Qatar in time for FIFA World Cup in 2022, which the Gulf nation will host beginning of November 2022. The floating hotels, expected to host fans for the tournament, will be located near Qetaifan Island North.
Qetaifan Projects and ADMARES plan to embed sustainable solutions with minimum ecological impact by having the hotels run on solar energy.
“This is the first time ever that pure floating real estate has been used as a temporary solution for accommodation needs at this scale. These hotels do not require major ports and deep water as their draft is significantly less than large cruise ships,” Mikael Hedberg, chief executive officer of ADMARES, said in a statement at the time.
Spanning over 35,000 square meters, the hotel, which is only accessible by a pier connected to the shore. Guests can also access it via boat or helicopter, landing onto the helipad, or docking alongside the hotel.
It will feature a massive 700-square-meter lobby area and 152 rooms that complete with private balconies for guests to enjoy sweeping sea views from different perspectives as the structure revolves. That’s not all, the hotel will also include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa, gym, and even a miniature golf course.
No exact date as to when we could expect to see the Eco-Floating Hotel bobbing near the coast of Qatar has been set, but the HAADS team told DesignBoom it’s aiming for a 2025 opening.