Led by Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio (HAADS), the structure will be completely mobile, meaning it can float from place to place, never sitting in a permanent position. Building began in March 2020 and the architects aim for it to be up and running by 2025.
It will be based in Qatar, but has the potential to be located in different areas due to its mobility.
The design includes minimum energy loss and a zero waste principle at its core. As it will rotate around all day long, this will generate electrical energy to power the whole hotel.
But guests won’t feel too dizzy, as it takes 24 hours for the hotel to spin 360 degrees.
The floating hotel will stay within areas with continuous currents, to ensure that it is always rotating. This type of green energy production is called ‘vawtau’ (vertical axis wind turbine and umbrella) which works like a wind turbine on the vertical axis and functions as a sun umbrella on the coastal band.
But the structure will also make use of rainwater to create power. A cover on the top of the hotel will collect rain to be used for greywater recycling. This is when wastewater is plumbed straight back into toilets, washing machines or outside taps to maximise efficiency.
The whole surface area is around 35,000 m² and there are a total of 152 rooms. It will have three different entrances so that there is access to the land at any time of the day, thanks to the 140-degree pier that surrounds it.
There will also be indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sauna, spa, gym, mini golf course and other activity areas.