Our project for the Floating Venice in Dubai, was featured on AD Middle East in an article called “The 6 floating hotels we are dreaming about right now”.
“Hotels have been pushing the envelope of architecture and design for decades. Some stays hover on the edges of mountaintops, others change the landscape of a city’s skyline. But never before have we seen something as futuristic as the floating hotel. These buoyant boltholes—also commonly called floatels or boatels—are reimagining the idea of a traditional resort.
Home to the tallest skyscraper and largest indoor theme park, Dubai has mastered the art of over-the-top attractions. Come 2020, it will add another impressive feat to its resume: an underwater vessel resort. Called The Floating Venice, this gargantuan hotel in Dubai’s The World islands is a city within itself. Above sea level, the Italian-inspired hotel is designed to look like Basilica San Marco and other Venetian landmarks, complete with canals and gondolas. Visitors can lounge at the 24 pools (some are glass-bottomed), 12 floating beaches, and 414 suites spread over four levels (180 of which are underwater). Meanwhile, below deck are boutique shops, three restaurants and bars, plus the world’s first floating underwater spa. There is also an on-site coral nursery and more than 400,000 square feet of coral reef for divers and snorkelers to explore.