Qatar’s eco-hotel concept that generates its own electricity

(CNN) – Floating hotels have popped up all over the world in recent years, with destinations like Dubai and Qatar leading the way with increasingly innovative and extravagant structures.

Not only does the luxury design hotel, which has 152 rooms, actually generate its own electricity, but it also collects and reuses rainwater and food waste.

Adopting the motto “minimal energy loss and zero waste”, the HAADS team worked with many experts, including engineers and architects in shipbuilding, to design the project, which has been underway since March 2020.

Revolving hotel

If built, the floating structure will work much like a dynamo, using the flow of water with wind turbines and tidal power as it spins, converting the energy into electricity.

Its movement must be controlled by dynamic positioning, a computer-controlled system used to maintain the position and direction of ships, as well as propellers and thrusters.

However, guests are unlikely to experience dizziness as it takes 24 hours for the hotel to turn 360 degrees.

While the hotel will initially be based in Qatar if or when completed, the project can also be located anywhere with good current due to its “mobile function”, according to the designers.

Eco-responsible concept

A rendering of the new eco-hotel concept by Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio.

Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio

Covering over 35,000 square meters, the structure is accessed via a 140-degree floating jetty connected to the mainland, by helicopter or boat.

Those who stay here can expect the same level of luxury associated with five-star floating hotels. Facilities available include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa, gym and mini golf course.

Its striking vortex-shaped roof was designed to collect rainwater that will be reused for a variety of purposes, including irrigation.

The hotel also aims to treat any wastewater it produces so that it “does not harm the environment” as well as to develop waste sorting units “for the recycling of substances such as food waste” .

Fully durable

Renderings of the Eco-Floating Hotel in Qatar by Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio

The mobile structure will initially be based in Qatar, but designers say it can be moved anywhere.

Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio

Although the project is still in the early stages of the design process and there is no estimated price yet, the team has set a completion date of 2025.

Despite the delays already incurred due to the pandemic and the technological research needed to move forward, the designers say they have already generated strong interest from investors and “hope” that it will be up and running in time.

One of the factors they control is the logistics that would be involved in potentially moving the hotel to the landing in “technical outages” with power or connection while on the water. .

If it meets its deadline, the concept will follow on the heels of a separate project in Qatar that will see 16 luxury floating hotels built specifically for the 2022 World Cup, which the country is hosting.

Meanwhile, Dubai’s $ 164 million Sea Palace Floating Resort is currently under construction by the Emirati shipbuilding company Seagate Shipyard and the Swedish Arctic bath, a floating spa hotel designed by architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, opened in early 2020.

Nicholas E. Crittendon