Amphibious 1000: Qatar’s Floating Resort

By : Mark V | 8 Aug 2011 12:55 am | Other

Amphibious 1000 is a US $500 million semi-submerged resort project planned for a protected marine area on the coast of Qatar and designed by the Italian architectural firm GZDG (Giancarlo Zema Design Group). The resort will be divided into two sections of land and sea and will feature residential buildings as well, offices, a central marine park, floating waterways and underwater marine galleries that all form a semi circle around a central tower that will host a panoramic restaurant.

The resort would be like a large aquatic creature that stretches right into the sea with the sea section featuring semi emerged hotels resembling anchored superyachts. Each of these hotels will have 75 luxury suites positioned around the perimeter of the building with access to private terraces and underwater passageways with views of the central marine park that connect the hotel rooms.

The main lobby of the resort will be focused around an interactive sea life museum featuring water exhibitions galleries, large aquariums and a glass passageway leading to the underwater observatory. Guests could travel around the resort in electric vehicles or could jump on board of one of the 20 meter aluminum yachts with hydrogen engines and underwater viewing globes.

Amphibious 1000 will also feature 80 floating suites called “Jelly-fish” with underwater viewing decks looking upon an artificial reef bed. A relaxation room will sit at the very top of the suite at 5.6 meters above sea levels and at 3.5 meters above sea levels the sleeping quarters and bathrooms will be. At 1.4 meters the area is for daytime use with a kitchen and bathroom and heading below deck and semi submerged at 0.8 above sea level the guest rooms and bathrooms will be. At 3 meters below sea level guests could enjoy their own private aquarium lounge.

The Italian architecture company Giancarlo Zema Design Group is based in Rome and specializes in designing semi submerged structures, houseboats and yachts.

[Gizmag]

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