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2025: Zero-Waste, Eco-Floating Hotel In Qatar

Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio (HAADS), Istanbul-based architecture practice has released concept designs for a new zero-waste and “mobile” eco-floating hotel.

The 35,000-square-metre hotel, called the Eco-Floating Hotel, is designed as mobile structures to be constructed in several locations, with the first structure to be built off the coast of Qatar.

According to Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio, the overall design phase was completed in six months after the initial design phase began in March 2020.

As a core concept, the rounded structure adheres to the principle of reduced energy loss and zero waste. The structure produces electrical energy by rotating around its location in relation to the water, thanks to its unique moving function. The aim of the project is to give users a variety of experiences from various perspectives. The hotel will be built as a five-star hotel and will have 152 rooms. The architects were influenced by the sea.

“At this point, it is worth to mention that the project will work efficiently in areas where there is a continuous and certain current,” said the studio. 

“However, the sea which gives the structure physical and tangible power and receives the return it needs in a mutualistic form also directs the shape of the structure with the idea of the vortex.” 

“If it is accepted that the water formed and disappeared by itself forming a rotation around itself in a regular current and the shape is considered to have risen with its borders and evolved into a platform, it will give a transparent mass silhouette. It was this image that fed and supported the project.” 

“The idea of the vortex, which reflects the rotational effect found on the surface of the water to the upper cover of the structure does not only remain in this layer and seeps into the mass with a capillary effect,” added the studio.

HAADS designed a circular-shaped structure that revolves around itself within the system of controls to ensure electrical energy efficiency, drawing inspiration from the formation of the vortex.

To complete a full tour in a continuous circle, it takes 24 hours. A Dynamic Positioning (DP) system, which is usually used on ships, is used to rotate the structure.

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