We have seen a number of thought-provoking architectural concepts. A lot of them have come from Margot Krasojevi. Her latest work is also extremely intriguing and envisions a sustainable hotel that will make its own power using tidal energy.
The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel will be anchored on the Yalong Bay in the island of Hainan, China. It will be attached to the coastline and some of the sections will be submerged during the high tide and will make the hotel move with the waves.
“The idea behind the hotel came from rock pools and tidal power, to design a hotel which dips into the sea just enough to catch the tide whilst being able to sway in the current,” explains the architect. “The entire experience is that of surfing.”
The hotel will have a steel frame with aluminum cladding. It will be constructed just like the hull of a ship. This will allow it to bear the pressure from the waves that will be crashing into it. Water turbines will be part-buried in the sand and would produce electricity from the tidal waves. Any excess energy produced will be sent back to the grid to benefit the local area.
There will be an underwater viewing chamber inside the sustainable hotel and will be connected to 30 bedrooms, all of them featuring an integrated glass panel. This will also allow the guest to have a view of the crashing waves from the privacy of their own rooms.
Even though it all sounds too good to be true, the press release indicated a completion date of 2020. We will have to wait and see if this idea actually comes to life.