Creating aquatic architecture can be difficult from an environmental standpoint. Creating a reliable foundation often requires that builders dump tons of gravel onto the sea floor in order to create a reliable foundation. Unsurprisingly, this can have a devastating effect on indigenous aquatic wildlife and local ecosystems.
Alexander Asadov has developed a solution to this environmental dilemma with his Aerohotel design. Rather than building an enormous foundation so that the aquatic building can rest wholly on the sea floor, Asadov wants to use a handful of slender poles to hold the structure aloft. The poles take up significantly less space on the sea floor, which means that the builders will not need to disturb the sea much at all.
The aesthetics of the building mirror the ecological design benefits, as both echo the philosophy “use a light touch.” Just as Asadov intends to use the poles as a way to only slightly affect the local ecosystem, the building itself seems to have no real weight at all. Suspended on elegant poles, the massive 200-meter-wide structure looks more like a weightless spider’s web than multi-ton building. That criss-cross web design supports the weight of the structure while keeping it relatively light.
To add to the effect, the appropriately-named Aerohotel comes with blimp docking stations. When enormous, drifting blimps are viewed alongside impossibly-huge Aerohotel, the whole scene will look more like an underwater encounter between whales. Indeed, the design looks more aquatic than aerial. That is a lot of the appeal. Anybody who looks at pictures of the Aerohotel is immediately thrilled by the prospect of navigating the structure. At the same time, we expect the whole thing to topple at any moment. This mix of emotions creates a tension that is exhilarating.
Considering every feature of the Aerohotel, Asadov’s vision is truly quite breathtaking. The light design and long poles create the maximum amount of surface area for cafes and hanging gardens while requiring the least amount of environmental damage. On top of all that, Asadov has designed a building that is an aesthetic experience in itself. As you walk along the slender walkways that are suspended high above the surface of the sea, it would be impossible not to feel terrified, giddy, amazed, and alive.