Kevin Costner’s epic film “Water World” may have been panned upon its 1995 release, but at least one Poland-based developer appears to think the man was onto something.
Deep Ocean Technology, which is headed by a deep-sea technology expert at Poland’s Gdansk University, is proposing the build-out of partially submerged hotels in Dubai and the Maldives.
Water Discus Hotels would be designed as two “discs” — one above the water’s surface, one submerged — that would be attached to the seabed via five “legs” and connected by a shaft that would contain an elevator and stairway.
The luxury hotels would total about 11,000 square feet each, with the submerged disc containing 21 rooms that would be as many as 100 feet underwater.
Each hotel would include air-filled “huts” and emergency breathing stations, of course, and would feature activities such as diving and rentals of “three-passenger submersibles,” Deep Sea Technology says on its website. The properties would be designed to handle a “fairly high” tsunami without damage.
The company is working with Gdansk University of Technology and Stogda Ship Design & Engineering at further developing the concept, though it hasn’t specified proposed build-out dates or costs. — Danny King