This unique floating hotel stands to change the cruise industry. The MORPHotel is a vessel concept by engineer and architect Gianluca Santosuosso. The hotel is built around a flexible spine 1/2 mile long, that changes shape based on the ocean currents. It would slowly travel around the world, docking in cities to let passengers board or disembark.
A London designer has created plans for a futuristic floating hotel that truly allows holidaymakers to get away from it all.
With a spine-like shape, guests of the ‘floatel’ would have an ever-changing view from their rooms while it's at sea because the buoyant structure would be constantly moving across the ocean.
Called the MORPHotel, the luxurious floating paradise would be composed of capsules that house guest rooms, restaurants and the usual amenities that people can find on land.
Each end of the half-mile spine has a boat that can detach from the structure and take guests for a ride in the surrounding waters.
Designed by 32-year-old Gianluca Santosuosso, the hotel would be an alternative to cruise ships and take guests to new and unknown places.
One of the primary features of the vessel is that it can become an extension of the cities it harbours in, allowing locals to access the theatres, restaurants and garden on board.
Visitors would be able to enter the hotel through a 'barycentric dock' which would connect to the harbour city.
The MORPHotel – featuring solar panels, rainwater and wave energy harvesting, and floating vegetable garden – would also be completely self-sufficient. A helipad would allow guests to fly in.
Santosuosso said: 'When I started to think about the project I first wondered to myself what the most luxurious thing we have is? The answer was time.
Gianluca Santosuosso also said his idea is based on 'never ending travel across the world without a precise destination, without hurry'
He added: 'I believe the idea of the journey itself, without a precise destination, is a dream shared among most people.'This is the reason way this project, the idea behind it, raised the interest of many people, especially in the hospitality industry. I had few contacts with possible developers interested in the project and I am quite confident that nowadays, with the right technologies, would be possible to build something following the concept of MORPHotel.'