BY Alia Mokthar
Pictures: Salt & Water
Artistic and forward-thinking architects are not holding back their creative juices when it comes to conceptualising living spaces for the future, especially in light of our ever-changing global landscape.
Anticipating rising sea levels and loss of land in the not too distant climate impacted future, architects such as the Serbian design studio Salt & Water churning out fresh concepts, such as this floating hotel complete with catamaran-apartments that are designed to roam off to their own spots of solitude.
The floating hotel is formed of two different parts – a central floating construction and apartment catamaran units.
In describing their design concept on their blog, Salt & Water said that the main hotel building, which also floats, features a restaurant, reception area, event space and offices for members of the staff.
The apartments on the other hand are innovatively designed catamarans which can be easily separated from the dock and navigated independently. This allows guests to choose the perfect location for their vacation on their own, or simply go fishing while they sunbathe away from all the commotion of the main building.
Inside the catamarans, there is a reception area, a galley, a bathroom, a hall with storage space and a sleeping area (located above the reception).
Guests can also relax at two separate outdoor locations – the flying bridge or the beach platform.
Each apartment can accommodate between two and four people, due to a design feature that allows the salon to be converted into a double bedroom.
According to the United Kingdom-based DailyMail, from the beach platform it is easy to access the water for swimming, diving, fishing and sun bathing.
The main idea, say the creators, is to allow users to enjoy their visit through navigation at a very slow pace and with an uninterrupted view of nature. For this reason the catamarans have an unusual shape with large windows in the front.
The company said that the aim of the project is to promote tourism on inland bodies of water, like lakes and rivers, while making those taking part feel as though they’re in harmony with nature.
“Call it a Four Seasons for Thoreau,” Salt & Water said.
Benjamin Maltby, principal consultant at MatrixLloyd – the worldwide authority on superyacht purchase and construction – is already on board with the idea, going on record to say he loved the concept.
“The inside/outside room became a staple of superyacht design in the mid-2000s, and these spaces normally work wonderfully,” Maltby told MailOnline Travel.
“However, I’d want the whole hotel moored somewhere where the water underneath is moving. Stagnant water encourages mosquitoes,” he said.
Maltby also opined that each apartment should be able to swing round so that it faced into the oncoming wind and is not buffeted by crosswinds all night.
“In summary, this is a stunning idea, but whether or not it will work will depend on where the hotel is located,” he added.
The concept has already garnered considerable recognition, winning the Millennium Yacht Design Award for its “elegant interpretation and enhancement of a house boat in an intelligent housing solution”.
Meanwhile, Salt & Water said on its Facebook page that it is looking for investors to make the concept a functional reality and that it hopes the first prototype would be available soon.
Salt & Water is a Serbian-design studio specialising in yacht interior design and exterior styling, aircraft interior design and architecture.
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