Here's One Hotel We Hope NEVER Opens
Apparently, the brains behind the world's newest underwater hotel haven't learned what pitfalls other similar projects have battled to make their dream come true. Nor have they seemed to give much thought to the environmental impact of their project.
Deep Ocean Technology, a Polish technology firm specializing in submerged buildings, vehicles and deep-sea equipment, is hoping to bring an underwater hotel to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef system just off the coast of Northern Queensland.
If all goes to plan, a very futuristic design resembling flying saucers will rise above the waters in the Coral Sea comprising two primary discs--one above the water, another below. Both discs will be anchored to the ocean floor by five structural legs and a vertical shaft containing an elevator and stairway which will connect the two discs to a central lobby. There will be just 21 rooms, all with with killer views of colorful coral and loads of fish swimming by.
While we can't think of anything cooler than waking up surrounded by crystal blue water and schools of sea creatures doing their thing, we can't really get behind this. Considering this ecosystem is one of the most fragile on the planet, a structure like this will have only have a negative effect on the delicate ocean floor. It really just sounds like an environmental nightmare.
Even though the entire hotel is modular and can be moved to a more sustainable location in the case of environmental changes, permanent (or at least semi-permanent) damage might already be done. So while we love hotel openings, this is one hotel we hope never opens.
[Renderings: Deep Ocean Technology]