Architecture

Sustainable hotel would ride the waves

The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel is envisioned for Yalong Bay, on the island of Hainan, China
The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel is envisioned for Yalong Bay, on the island of Hainan, China
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Margot Krasojević regularly produces thought-provoking architectural concepts, with notable examples including a house that screws itself into the ground during high winds and a floating revolving bridge
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Margot Krasojević regularly produces thought-provoking architectural concepts, with notable examples including a house that screws itself into the ground during high winds and a floating revolving bridge
The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel is a futuristic hotel that would make use of tidal energy to meet its electricity demands
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The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel is a futuristic hotel that would make use of tidal energy to meet its electricity demands
Any excess electricity produced by the Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel would be piped back to the grid
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Any excess electricity produced by the Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel would be piped back to the grid
The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel would be constructed in a similar fashion to the hull of a boat, to ensure it can withstand the force of the waves
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The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel would be constructed in a similar fashion to the hull of a boat, to ensure it can withstand the force of the waves
"Currently hotels rely mostly on peak holiday seasons to be able to make a profit," says Krasojević. "However the nature of this hotel design will allow it to produce its own power in order to keep it running all year round and be able to return surplus energy back into the grid"
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"Currently hotels rely mostly on peak holiday seasons to be able to make a profit," says Krasojević. "However the nature of this hotel design will allow it to produce its own power in order to keep it running all year round and be able to return surplus energy back into the grid"
The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel's  sculpted turbines would create small rock pools and areas for sunbathing
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The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel's  sculpted turbines would create small rock pools and areas for sunbathing
The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel is envisioned for Yalong Bay, on the island of Hainan, China
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The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel is envisioned for Yalong Bay, on the island of Hainan, China
Margot Krasojević regularly produces thought-provoking architectural concepts, with notable examples including a house that screws itself into the ground during high winds and a floating revolving bridge
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Margot Krasojević regularly produces thought-provoking architectural concepts, with notable examples including a house that screws itself into the ground during high winds and a floating revolving bridge
Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel would catch the tide in a way likened to surfing
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Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel would catch the tide in a way likened to surfing
The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel is envisioned for Yalong Bay, on the island of Hainan, China
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The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel is envisioned for Yalong Bay, on the island of Hainan, China
The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel would be anchored into rock and move with the waves
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The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel would be anchored into rock and move with the waves
The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel's  sculpted turbines would create small rock pools and areas for sunbathing
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The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel's  sculpted turbines would create small rock pools and areas for sunbathing
The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel would be anchored into rock and gently move with the waves
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The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel would be anchored into rock and gently move with the waves
The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel would harvest wave energy to produce electricity
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The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel would harvest wave energy to produce electricity
The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel is envisioned for Yalong Bay, on the island of Hainan, China
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The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel is envisioned for Yalong Bay, on the island of Hainan, China

Margot Krasojević regularly produces thought-provoking architectural concepts, with recent examples including a house that screws itself into the ground during high winds and a floating revolving bridge. Her latest work envisions a futuristic hotel that makes use of tidal energy to produce its own power. It would also move with the tide in a way likened to surfing by the architect.

The Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel is conceived for Yalong Bay, on the island of Hainan, China. It would be anchored into the rugged coastline, with sections becoming submerged during high tide, making it 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."

Structurally, the hotel would comprise a steel frame with aluminum cladding and would be constructed in a similar way to the hull of a ship, allowing it to withstand the battering it would get from the sea. Water turbines part-buried in the sand would produce electricity from tidal forces, with any excess energy being piped back to the grid, benefiting the local area. The sculpted design of the turbines would also create small rock pool-like areas when the tide is low.

Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel would catch the tide in a way likened to surfing
Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel would catch the tide in a way likened to surfing

The interior of the Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel would include an underwater viewing chamber connected to 30 bedrooms, each of which would feature an integrated glass panel, allowing guests to gaze upon the crashing waves from the privacy of their own rooms.

This seems best taken as food-for-thought rather than an actual build plan, though Krasojević has confirmed that there is a possibility the hotel could get built but it's still early in development and the design may change significantly.

Source: Margot Krasojević Architects

1 comment
guzmanchinky
There is some far out stuff that makes no sense. This is about as far out no sense as it gets. The forces involved, the environmental impact (I mean at least in California you have to have a permit just to look at the ocean) the list is endless. Looks cool though.