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Partially-Undersea Water Discus Hotel To Be Built In the Maldives 89

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Zothecula writes "Polish architectural and deep-sea engineering company Deep Ocean Technology has inked a deal with Ridgewood Hotels and Suites Pvt. Ltd. to build its futuristic part-underwater Water Discus Hotel just off the shore of Kuredhivaru Island in the Maldives. 'The luminous hotel features two large disc-shaped lounges seven-meters above the water, housing a luxury restaurant and spa. The lounges are connected to a glass tunnel plunging 30-meters below the water, leading to 21 opulent bedrooms. Not only does the hotel look like a spaceship -- it actually moves like one, with the largest underwater saucer-shaped room able to slide to the surface in emergencies. 'If you need to replace a window for example, it's very difficult underwater,' explained Podwojewski. 'So we wanted to build a building that can surface any time for maintenance or safety.'"
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Partially-Undersea Water Discus Hotel To Be Built In the Maldives

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  • Jetsons! (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 12, 2013 @04:24PM (#43989139)

    That is some straight up Jetsons shit right there...

    • That is some straight up Jetsons shit right there...

      This looks more like the first step towards the underwater city of Rapture....

  • by MightyMartian (840721) on Wednesday June 12, 2013 @04:25PM (#43989149) Journal

    There's got to be a morning after
    If we can hold on through the night
    We have a chance to find the sunshine
    Let's keep on lookin' for the light

    Oh, can't you see the morning after
    It's waiting right outside the storm
    Why don't we cross the bridge together
    And find a place that's safe and warm

    It's not too late, we should be giving
    Only with love can we climb
    It's not too late, not while we're living
    Let's put our hands out in time

    There's got to be a morning after
    We're moving closer to the shore
    I know we'll be there by tomorrow
    And we'll escape the darkness
    We won't be searchin' any more
    There's got to be a morning after

    • Offtopic? Boy oh boy, there sure are some youngins here.

    • by sconeu (64226)

      +1 Poseidon Adventure...

      Great cast....

      * Ernest Borgnine
      * Gene Hackman
      * Roddy McDowall
      * Red Buttons
      and a cast of Thousands!!!!

      • by PopeRatzo (965947)

        Great cast....

        * Ernest Borgnine
        * Gene Hackman
        * Roddy McDowall
        * Red Buttons

        Every bit of scenery was consumed.

        But the real lasting legacy of The Poseidon Adventure was the rash of bad clones it produced, including dozens of made-for-TV disaster movies that used stock footage and Darren McGavin. Ah, the '70s...good drugs and bad hair. A veritable golden age of awful.

  • and in tsunamis? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Isara (869637) on Wednesday June 12, 2013 @04:27PM (#43989169)
    I wonder how the whole thing will be able to move if there's a tsunami? Obviously above-ground hotels don't fare too well there either, but I'm interested in the mechanics of a partially-submerged structure being able to handle that kind of hit. Still, sounds like a cool place to visit.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      According to some [tripadvisor.com] (especially one near the bottom), tsunamis are very rare, but there is no place on any of the Maldives high enough to get away from one. So I suppose this would be no more dangerous than any other hotel in the region.

    • I wonder how the whole thing will be able to move if there's a tsunami?

      A tsunami big enough to cause much damage is unlikely to be generated locally, so there would probably be an hour or more of warning. The biggest danger would be a tsunami generated by the fault-line of the "ring of fire" passing through Indonesia. That means it would most likely come from the east, so an obvious defense is to build the hotel on the western side of the island. The article doesn't say, and Google maps doesn't show an island named Kuredhivaru, so I don't know if that is what they are doin

    • I don't think that would be a problem at the water depth they're talking about. Even a very powerful tsunami would only be about a 3m wave at those depths.
      Here's an interesting write up [bom.gov.au] about how tsunamis work.
      • Just because I like working on the worse case scenarios. So, I think it would kind of depend on the evacuation plan / structural integrity of the ship / hotel.

        It’s basically a very top heavy boat. So a 3 meter wave would not pick it up and throw it around but it might be enough to tip it. (which still may be safer than being on-shore)

        Or maybe just enough stress to pop out some of the windows in the 21 underwater bedrooms.The structure would survive but how fast can you evacuate the people from below?

    • Re:and in tsunamis? (Score:4, Informative)

      by I'm New Around Here (1154723) on Wednesday June 12, 2013 @05:59PM (#43990095)

      I don't think the Indonesia tsunami did any damage to those islands. The US military has a base, Diego Garcia, on the British islands a couple hundred miles to the south, and they saw no effect at all. Because tsunamis don't cross the ocean as a giant tumbling wave*. Those only build as they get to shallow water. And the islands are too abrupt to have a large shallows, so the ocean swells a few inches for a few minutes, then it's back to normal as the tsunami passes by.

      *This is why it is no more correct to call these events a 'tsunami' than a 'tidal wave' like we did when I was a kid. The term 'tsu nami' actually means 'harbor wave', which is then meaningless out in the middle of the ocean. Generally, a tsunami is only destructive when it gets to shallows in front of land, and it doesn't matter if there is a harbor or not. So we should stop using the term, and find something more scientifically accurate.

      • How about a Rapid Ultra Low Frequency and Amplitude (Rulfa) wave when it's at sea and a Negatively Accelerating Wave With Rapidly Increasing Amplitude and Frequencey (Naw Wriaf) as it approaches shore?
        • 'Rulfa' sounds good, but I'm not sure on the scientific accuracy of 'naw wriaf'. At first, only the front of the wave that is in the shallows slows, which is when the body and rear of the wave piles into it. Each part that gets to the shallows slows, but 'the wave' itself isn't slowing. And whether the wave slows or not, why would the frequency change? Two waves that are five minutes apart in the ocean, traveling the same speed, will hit land five minutes apart as well.

          But with that being said, it is still

          • only the front of the wave that is in the shallows slows, which is when the body and rear of the wave piles into it. Each part that gets to the shallows slows, but 'the wave' itself isn't slowing

            True. I was imprecise in my language; I meant the foremost period of the wave.

            Two waves that are five minutes apart in the ocean, traveling the same speed, will hit land five minutes apart as well.

            False. The speed of the wave is determined by the depth of the water relative to the amplitude of the peak. As the wave approaches a shoreline, the first period will shorten and therefore the wave peaks will hit, probably dramatically, less than 5 minutes apart.

            • Ok, then I think we are on to something. If scientists can tell us Pluto is now a dwarf planet, they should be able to accept that tidal waves/tsunamis are now rulfas and naw wriafs.

    • by Mitreya (579078)

      I wonder how the whole thing will be able to move if there's a tsunami?

      "During the last earthquake, Bob's zipcode changed six times"

    • Re: (Score:2, Offtopic)

      by Mashiki (184564)

      Sounds cool, but I wouldn't travel to the maldives, especially with their rise in religious fascism including attacks on tourists who "don't conform to the rise of islamo-fascism.'

    • by manu0601 (2221348)
      A floating hotel seems rather secure in case of tsunami. The only risk is to be moved far away from its own postal address.
  • by Idbar (1034346) on Wednesday June 12, 2013 @04:31PM (#43989213)
    Well, that's certainly a new low.

    If you get the cheapest one, they may get you a room with no view, no windows and underwater.
    • My ultracheap rate only afforded me a room with windows... that could not be closed.

    • by rtb61 (674572)

      But you get to brag how much you paid each night for it. After all it is not about function it is all about posing like a douche. How much crap out there should simply be rated on douche value, rather than how many miles per hour it will go, how gallons of fuel per hour it will burn, how big it is to substitute for how small those that buy it are. Consume and pollute ratings for poseur value are really getting kind of sick and off putting.

    • by dintech (998802)
      Instead of partially-undersea, eventually it will be totally undersea. [bbc.co.uk]

      The first part of Rapture [wikipedia.org] perhaps?
  • Cloud City. Floating on the water instead of the air.

  • Sorry, bit too obvious, couldn't pass it up. There's a lot of hotels and resorts on the planet, something for everyone. Hope their business makes it.
  • by Animats (122034) on Wednesday June 12, 2013 @06:00PM (#43990115) Homepage

    Underwater hotels have been proposed many times, but no significant ones have actually been built. The Poseidon Underwater Resorts [poseidonresorts.com] has a web site that looks real, but it's total vaporware. Atlantis Palm Hotel [atlantisthepalm.com] in Dubai was going to build one to go with their water park, but it didn't get built either.

    But there are some really good renderings [feedbox.info].

  • Since with global warming and the rise of sea levels all of the Maldives will be underwater soon, I suppose this is a good idea to prepare for the future.

  • Link text says above water. I'm guessing it should read below

  • Rapture awaits! =)
  • by johnw (3725) on Thursday June 13, 2013 @04:47AM (#43993265)

    This proposed hotel is the wrong way around. Instead of a restaurant above the water and bedrooms below, it would be much more sensible to have the restaurant and leisure facilities under water (where you can really appreciate the undersea views whilst you're awake) and the bedrooms above (so if the thing springs a leak in the middle of the night you don't all drown).

  • Isn't the Maldives one of the places that are going to disappear due to rising sea levels? Probably need to build the hotel tough enough to take wave action from the open seas when there's no longer any land above sea level left there.

  • So to minimise the impact on the coral, they plan to mount the structure of a tripod arrangement.

    Brilliant, now all they have to do is make the whole structure transparent so it doesn't block out the sun underneath the hotel and starve the coral of energy.

    There is a reason coral only grows in shallow water.
  • Plastic Beach

  • Considering that the Maldives themselves stand a chance of being half-underwater within 100 years, to the point that the president proposed that the country start shopping for a new homeland, this looks like someone planning for the future.
  • There is a breathtaking "underwater palance" in india called the Jal Mahal. A few floors of it are underwater during the wet season. When I went there it was not open for tours although Wikipedia indicates that it now is open.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jal_Mahal [wikipedia.org]

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