It's a hotel, it's a cruise ship. Wait. It looks like both. A London designer has come up with a concept for a futuristic floating hotel that brings new meaning to life on the high seas.
Called the MORPHotel, it’s the brainchild of Gianluca Santosuosso, who envisioned a hotel with the ability to adapt and move with the ocean currents. The “floatel” ecosystem is developed with a linear, spinal structure about a half a mile in length composed of individually connected capsules that house rooms, restaurants and other luxury facilities, such as a pool. The floating hotel also features a helipad so passengers can fly aboard regardless of where it is in the world.
Guests would get an ever-changing view from their rooms because the craft will be constantly moving across the ocean –but at a rate slower than an average boat. At each end, individual pods would be able to detach from the main ‘vertebrae’ --like boats and sail within a fixed distance.
While it’s also designed to be as self staining as possible, with integrated solar panels, rainwater harvesting and a floating vegetable garden, it’s made to tie up at ports using a ‘barycentric dock’ which attaches the hotel to a city's harbor--allowing it to be an extension of place they're visiting.