The Morphotel was designed by an ex-IAAC student, Gianluca Santosuosso. Floating hotels exist for longer then we realise, and concepts of cool looking floating hotels are also not new. However it is very rare to come across a new concept that is unlike anything you’ve seen ever before.
This design MORPHotel is not like many others build as a couple of single rooms on boyant bases. nor is it a ship with a construction on top of it. It is like a “vertebral spine” all the pods are connected on the swivelling midpoints with a lot of glass surface the inside experience is one of almost being outside. The whole spine can move about by bending his spine. The hotel would be a mobile assemblage of habitable units, able to navigate the seas as a cruise ship. It would be able to adapt its shape to the weather conditions and site morphology.
Despite boasting impressive features like a swimming pool, restaurants, theatres and gardens, MORPHotel would be a self-sufficient property, collecting energy from the sun and waves.
And since it is a floating hotel with the ability to move you can stay while travelling. During its continuous movement, this artificial organism could stop for short stop-overs or longer periods in different cities, thereby becoming their temporary extension. Unlike the cruise ship, the MORPHotel would be moving slowly. It offers an opportunity to live within and explore the world by traveling, instead of simply transporting people from one point to another.
Interestingly, Santosuosso told the Daily Mail that it was time that inspired his unique hotel concept.
“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.”
“I believe the idea of the journey itself, without a precise destination, is a dream shared among most people,” said Santosuosso. “This is the reason why 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, (it) would be possible to build something following the concept of MORPHotel,” he told the Daily Mail.