Tuesday, August 16, 2011

World’s first semi-submerged hotel resort planned in Qatar

Italian designer Giancarlo Zema's, Amphibious 1000 is the world’s first semi-submerged hotel resort.

The shape is like a big aquatic animal stretching out from the land into the sea and extends horizontally for 1km thanks to two long wide arms.

The activities of the hotel take place in the underwater area that is surrounded by aquariums.

The project is composed of a land section and sea section. On the land area to be found residential buildings, office buildings and a marina with a modern and flexible harbor.

In the sea section there are four innovative semi-submerged hotels with underwater halls that give fascinating views.

All the structures are situated in a semi-circle around the tower with the panoramic restaurant. The four hotels are reminiscent of the soft lines of the super yachts anchored on land.

Large diagonal glass windows make the hotels unique, each with 75 luxury suites arranged around the perimeter of the building so each has a big terrace that overlooks the complex.

The bridge that connects the land and sea section is limited with plants that give the idea of projecting the land flora into the sea.

The hotels are situated around a central public welcome area that has an interactive museum on water life and water exhibition galleries, large perimetral acquariums and a glass tunnel, that leads to the underwater observatory in the centre of the whole marine park.

These are connected to the welcome area by the long arms are fitness areas, gardens and a special outdoor theatre with a moving stage that opens out on the sea.

To the smaller floating platforms will be anchored 80 floating suites called Jelly-fish with underwater views within the artificial reef.

At the end of each platform are lighthouses.

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