Italian practice releases concept designs for futuristic semi-submerged hotel resort
This innovative project has been designed by the Giancarlo Zema Design Group for an Arabian commission. It is the first semi-submerged hotel resort called Amphibious, stretching out from the land into the sea and extending 1km parallel to the land with two ‘arm’ landmasses. The project is composed of a land section and sea section. On the land area will be multiple residential buildings, office buildings and a marina with a modern and flexible harbour. All the structures are situated in a semi-circle around a central tower with the panoramic restaurant.
In the sea section there are four innovative semi-submerged hotels with underwater halls that give fascinating views. The four hotels echo the soft lines of the super-yachts anchored on land. Large diagonal glass windows make the hotels memorable, each with 75 luxury suites arranged around the perimeter of the building so each unit has a big terrace that overlooks the complex. The activities of the hotel take place in the underwater area that is surrounded by aquariums.
The hotels are situated around a central public welcome area that has an interactive museum on water life and water exhibition galleries, large perimetral aquariums and a glass tunnel that leads to the underwater observatory in the centre of the whole marine park. Connected to the welcome area by the arm extensions 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. It is possible to move everywhere thanks to electrical vehicles that respect the eco-system philosophy. Water transport is also provided by 20m aluminium yachts called Trilobis that are equipped with hydrogen engines and an underwater observatory globe. 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 main structure is in steel complete with all the necessary lighting systems and the floor teak.