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December 7th, 2015

MORPHtel – Hotel or Cruise Ship, or Both?

The MORPHtel is a luxury floating hotel designed by London designer Gianluca Santosuosso. This new concept falls under the category of floating hotel or “floatel” and is able to float and station itself on water or a city’s harbor. Yet, it can also cruise around the ocean – much like ships do. Does that mean this floatel is actually just an out-of-this-world spaceship-looking cruise ship?

On the inside, this floatel seems to have all the usual features of a luxury hotel. The MORPHtel would be composed of different capsules, with each capsule housing the usual amenities you would find in a regular hotel – including guest rooms, swimming pools and various restaurants. Santosuosso explained how the idea of the project came about, “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. From this came the idea, and then concept, of this never ending travel across the world without a precise destination, without hurry.”

The design of the half-mile long MORPHtel – which is modeled after a spine – makes it look more like a futuristic spaceship, rather than a hotel and it certainly doesn’t resemble any modern cruise liner. Despite that, Santosuossa claims the ship would be able to harbor in cities that it visits. Once the MORPHtel reaches a harbor, guests can exit and re-enter the floatel through a “barycentric dock,” allowing guests to explore a city on land (similar to what many cruise ships already partake in.)

Yet, perhaps the most impressive feature of the MORPHtel is that it would be completely self-sufficient. Instead of relying on traditional energy sources, it would harvest rainwater and wave energy, use solar panels and even feature a floating vegetable garden. During the daytime, the floatel’s rooftop windows allow for plenty of natural light to shine through.

A pool would be one of the many amenities featured at the MORPHtel. Image via DailyMail

A pool would be one of the many amenities featured at the MORPHtel.
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The MORPHtel's Hotel Lobby. Image via DailyMail

The MORPHtel’s Hotel Lobby.
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Additionally, each end of the MORPHtel features a boat that can detach and take guests for quick boat rides in the surrounding waters.

Features a helipad and boat docks at each end of the spine-shaped floatel. Image via DailyMail

Features a helipad and boat docks at each end of the spine-shaped floatel.
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The MORPHtel at night. Image via DailyMail

The MORPHtel at night.
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The MORPHtel can stop and harbor in cities while  guests explore land. Image via DailyMail

The MORPHtel can stop and harbor in cities while guests explore land.
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While to many this idea may seem a little far-fetched, Santosuossa explained that, “I had [a] 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.’

Santosuossa believes the MORPHtel is a great alternative to cruise ships and can take guests to unknown places. Will people really be interested in cruising through unpredictable waters with this MORPHtel? Let us know what you think!

 

Article Written by Mila Medonaite for Design Engine, December 7, 2015


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