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Vacation Under Water
April 25, 2013   
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Ever dreamed of adventures deep underwater following in the footsteps of Captain Nemo in Jules Verne’s novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? Imagine spending a vacation in an underwater hotel. Scientists at the Gdańsk University of Technology in northern Poland, together with specialists from the Deep Ocean Technology company, are conducting research that may eventually make that possible.

Aprototype of an underwater hotel will probably be built in 2014 as part of the project. A life-size model is needed in order to learn how the structure will cope with hazards such as storms.

“The prototype hotel won’t host any guests; scientific research will be conducted there,” says the designer, Lech Rowiński, Ph.D., from the Gdańsk University of Technology.

The project has drawn the attention of companies from Dubai, the Maldives and French Polynesia, which are interested in building such hotels near coral reefs.

The hotel will be made up of two sections: an above-water section with a diameter of 36 meters, and an underwater section with a diameter of 27 meters and submerged at a depth of 10 meters. These two sections will be connected with staircases and elevators. The structure will rest on five pillars set into the sea bed.

The underwater part of the building will house 21 rooms with 42 beds. Guests should not complain about a monotonous view from their windows because the hotel will rotate around its own axis at a speed of two revolutions per day.

The part of the building above water will include restaurants, a swimming pool and a spa.

“The water filling the swimming pool will serve as ballast to keep the underwater section immersed,” says Rowiński. In case of danger, the water will be let out and the underwater section will safely come to the surface. The same will happen when repairs or maintenance are needed.

The hotel will be almost 3,000 square meters in size. The prototype will cost more than zl.35 million to build. The project will be co-financed using zl.19 million from the European Union’s Innovative Economy program.

Elżbieta Szumiec-Zielińska
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