10 July 2020


Hospitality Hub

Authorities in Qatar have outlined plans to construct a 1000 room hotel and conference cum expo development ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha. The new $1.6 billion Silver Pearl Hotel complex which will be located one-and-a-half kilometres off shore owes its design to New York-based architectural firm M Castedo Architects. Once the plan is approved the project will be developed by Qatari real estate firm Katara Hospitality. The entire complex has been designed to be elevated above the sea bed allowing for unimpeded currents and minimum environmental impact. Guests to the Silver Pearl will be transported there through a four lane elevated causeway, private yacht or by helicopter. The building will consist of two semicircular 30 storey towers separated by a vaulted, climate controlled atrium built over lush gardens with an open view to the ocean beyond. An adjacent structure will house a conference and exposition centre as well as a recreational landscaped roof deck built over a multistory parking facility. Silver Pearl’s luxuriously appointed rooms and suites have been designed to showcase the country's rich cultural heritage and visual traditions. The complex will also contain a broad range of restaurants and high end retail commercial spaces. The cost of the project has been assessed at $1.6 billion – this includes supporting infrastructure and excludes interior construction and fit out of the restaurants and commercial spaces. It is reported at night, the building's stainless steel glass exterior will be lit with LEDs, the reflection creating an illusion of a pearl glowing brightly in the sea.



Atlantis calling

How of us would want to say sayonara to terra firma and embrace a life beneath the ocean is not known but a Japanese construction firm has come up with a proposal to build an underwater city. The futuristic Atlantis, drawn up by Shimizu Corporation, draws sustenance in the form of energy from the seabed to accommodate human life.  It is reported ‘Ocean Spiral’ structure will be divided into three sections. A floating 75-floor sphere called Blue Garden with a diameter of 500 metres, located just underneath the surface of the sea, will house business and residential zones and hotels. The city will contain a population of 5,000 residents of which 1000 will be visitors. The Blue Garden will be connected to a 15 km long spiral which will descends to a factory located on the seabed which will use micro-organisms to turn carbon dioxide into methane. Here power generators will use differences in seawater temperatures to create additional energy. Desalinated water produced using hydraulic pressure and food created from deep sea acquaculture will be pumped into residential pods. The authors of the project have plans to build the frame for the sphere and its tower using a resin concrete covered in triangular acrylic sheets and reinforced using semi-transparent fiberglass cross-bracing ribs. It is being pointed out that technology to build the city could be in place in about 15 years.