Underwater Hotel Design Flounders after Economic Crisis

Dubai’s architectural rise to fame is something of a tragic story. They experienced an unprecedented economic boom, which enabled them to rapidly expand and build some of the most impressive structures in the world. The designers fed off of each other, as each over-the-top building encouraged other designers to create an even more ludicrous design for their own buildings. Unfortunately, the world economic crisis hit and many of the plans never got past the blueprint phase.

Aerial View of the Dubai Underwater Hotel

Image: Born Rich

Such was the fate of Hydropolis, a hotel that would have broken several records. At a $300 million price tag, it would have been the single most expensive hotel on Earth. On top of that, it would have been the world’s first complete underwater 5-star hotel.

But don’t think about it as a much more elaborate submarine. The hotel was intended to breach the surface of the water to provide easy access to the lower levels. Visitors could enter and then descend to their rooms, where glass panel walls would provide an unparalleled view of the ocean. Events would be held on the upper-most level, allowing visitors to appreciate the Dubai skyline.

Hydropolis Underwater Hotel

Image: Arch Record

The most ridiculous feature of Hydropolis is that it was actually intended to have its own missile defense system, just in case terrorists happen to get their hands on a military grade torpedo and want to sink a glitzy hotel.

What would all of these features cost the average Joe Blow looking to drop gobs of money on a lavish vacation? The cost of a single night was estimated at a staggering $5,500.

Rendering of a Room at the Hydropolis

Image: Mirage Studio 7

As you might expect, the designers encountered quite a few difficulties in the planning phase. Construction problems raised environmental concerns and the massive cost caused a few delays. The economic crisis put the final nail in its coffin.

Unfortunately, the German designer Joachim Hauser never had his chance to build his visionary underwater hotel. It’s a shame, too, because he would have been able to build it twice. The original plans called for construction to take place in Germany before disassembling it and reassembling it in Dubai.

Imagining of a Room at the Hydropolis Hotel

Image: Hotel 4 uuu

Oh, well. I guess that Hydropolis will just be another Titanic-esque failure. What is it about larger-than-life aquatic endeavors that tempts fate to step in and mess everything up?


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