New Semi-Underwater Hotel to Open in Qatar


Amphibious-1000 by Giancarlo Zema Design Group

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more extravagant in the Middle-Eastern hotel world, another oddly shaped resort pops up in Qatar. This time the construction is a semi-underwater design that looks like an octopus. The Amphibious 1000-design by the Giancarlo Zema Design Group will house four hotels, apartments, offices, art galleries and even an aquarium. As if the surround ocean view wouldn’t be enough, right?

“It is like a big aquatic animal stretching out from the land into the sea and extends horizontally for one kilometre thanks to two long wide arms,” says Giancarlo Zema about their new design in Qatar. The four hotels will each boast around 80 rooms that are kitted out with the latest gadgets and electronic toys and are floating on the water. They are all situated around the lobby which is also sea themed by means of several aquaria, displays of fish and other sea life and can be reached by several walkways.

Additionally there will be 80 super luxurious, completely submerged suites that will sleep up to 6 people. These will consist of 5 levels with a living area, bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a private aquarium (they really seem to like those at Giancarlo Zema Design Group) and an underwater viewing deck that gives out onto an artificial reef.

The whole Amphibious-1000-project will cost about $500 million to construct and I’m sure it will cost a couple of bucks to actually stay in one of the underwater rooms or suites, but just imagine how cool it’d be to wake up and see fish swimming by your hotel room window. That does give the term ‘sea view room’ a whole new meaning.

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