Floating hotel planned for the city of romance
French architectural firm Seine Design is currently working on constructing a floating hotel in Paris, which is set to launch in the first quarter of 2016. Dubbed "OFF Paris Seine", the floating river hotel will feature 58 guests rooms, a scenic guest lounge with open views over the river, a 10 meter (32.8 ft) lap pool, an onboard restaurant and a 400 square meter (4,305 sq ft) outdoor terrace.
OFF Paris Seine was created in response to a call for projects by the Ports of Paris, and was presented to the group by Citysurfing's CEO Christophe Gallineau and architect Gérard Ronzatti.
"This innovative project will add to the attractiveness of Paris and aims at bringing life to new urban areas, which have for a long time been abandoned by the city and its inhabitants," Seine Design tells Gizmag.
Although the floating hotel will appear similar to a cameraman, the final structure will comprise two separate floating facilities, securely adjoined together. Measuring 80 m (262.5 ft) long and 18 m (59 ft) wide, the hotel will be built using modular techniques and will provide luxury, pleasure and privacy to its on board guests. The first floor of guest rooms are strategically situated to appear to be floating just above the waterline.
The design of this floating hotel will be quite French and Parisian, including zinc roofing that's distinctive to most buildings in Paris. The vessel will be built using mostly recyclable materials such as steel, wood and glass and will feature a water-water thermal exchange heat pump alongside a centralized power system designed to maintain energy efficiency on board.
The OFF Paris Seine will be docked at Charles de Gaulle Bridge, just a short walk from Notre Dame. A night on board will set you back between €160 to €450 (approximately US$180 to $500).