MORPHotel: Adaptable floating ‘spine’ the future of holiday cruises?
By Matias Grez, CNN
7:38 AM EDT, Wed August 31, 2016
If you've ever dreamed of traveling the world and exploring little-known locations, then the MORPHotel might be the holiday of the future for you.
Vertebral spine —
Designed by engineer and architect Gianluca Santosuosso, the MORPHotel project aims to develop a new luxury hotel concept. The hotel's "vertebral spine" allows it to adapt its shape according to weather conditions and its docking location.
Four to the floor —
The MORPHotel concept is based on four main strategies: Space in between; plug-in city-harbor; adaptive shape; and self-sufficiency.
Space in between —
The MORPHotel uses the sea not only to get visitors from A to B -- as cruise ships do -- but also to explore the areas along the way. Cruise ships' fuel consumption tends to be around 470 liters/km, while the MORPHotel will rely on following sea currents around the world.
Plug-in city-harbor —
During its journey around the world, the MORPHotel will stop in cities it encounters along the way and will become a temporary extension to them. It will provide added value for its inhabitants, who can take advantage of its services such as a theater, restaurants and fitness center, while the city will open up to the hotel guests.
The "Tourizen" —
Santosuosso believes such a feature will allow the traditional separation between "tourist" and "citizen" to disappear, leaving space for a new entity: The "tourizen."
Adaptive shape —
This allows the MORPHotel to not only reach the cities' harbors by changing its shape, but to also become an independent aquatic organism. Given its 1 km spine, the hotel can spiral in on itself on ocean crossings to become an artificial bay where boats and ships can find shelter.
"One of the fundamental goals that we want to attain in this project is to create a big, independent, self-sufficient artificial organism," Santosuosso explains.
Energy will be provided by solar panels placed along the upper part of the hull and glass panels, and also by the two ends of the spine through the movement of waves. It will also collect rainwater while desalinating sea water.
Floating farm —
This self-sufficiency will also be used to produce certain types of food, as each of the central vertebra will contain a small vegetable garden. This part of the hotel will work as a big floating farm, where it will grow vegetables, rear animals and store foodstuffs.