04 July 2020

D & A

Football Floatel


Authorities in Qatar are contemplating accommodating some of the football fashionistas expected to descend into Doha for the FIFA World Cup in 2022 in a five star hotel that will float in the sea. Sigge Architects from Finland have designed a floating hotel in association with compatriot Admares Floating Real Estate. The luxury hotel will include restaurants, a spa, a night club and a rooftop pool – and will also include parking space for the guests. The facility has been so designed that it can be moved to another coastal location at the conclusion of the games in order to cater to another event. It will not be required to rely on local infrastructure since the floatel will have an independent sewage treatment facility, power generation and recycling capabilities embedded in it. The floating hotel, with customisable exterior architecture, is expected to provide its guests all services and amenities normally available only in hotels constructed on land while offering them the experience of being out at sea. Such a hotel is being seen as a viable option for areas where land for development is scarce and consequently there is shortage of quality accommodation facilities. The hotel is expected to be a big draw not just for its space saving qualities but also because of its green, energy efficient, attributes.


Flyzone Marvel

Atkins which has been present in China for over 20 years, and has earned a reputation as a leading player in the planning, architecture and landscape firmament, has secured a RMB 35 billion airport scheme along with China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute (CSWADI).  The two partners will work together to bring a combination of local knowledge and international experience to create a synergy which will lead to the development of a new air facility at Qingdao in the country’s Shandong Province. The scope of work includes master planning, airfield design, transport planning, landscaping and water engineering The Qingdao project is one of five airport developments approved by China’s National Development and Reform Committee. The Qingdao project to be implemented at a total cost of RMB 150 billion will ultimately lead to the airport handling 38 million passengers per annum by 2025 and 60 million by 2045.For infrastructural aggro you have to hand it to the Chinese – they have demonstrated how the East can employ the West to beat every construction competition in the world.


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