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I don't know about you but I love the idea of a cylindrical hotel. Check out these designs by Swiss artist Guy Dessauges, who was fascinated by cylinders. Semi-circles, he said, have been used in architecture since the Roman times and even further back in caves. So why not circles? There have been quite a few upright cylindrical hotels, but very few that use the sideways tube as the focus of their design.

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This is one of his designs for cylindrical architecture – an incredible tower of tubes that sadly has never been built. Dessauges loved the idea of vaulted ceilings, rather than flat ones, and what provided better vaults than a cylinder? He spent a good chunk of the Sixties trying to realize his dream, creating designs and making scale models…

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But he finally gave up in 1969, realizing he had other responsibilities he had to tend to, and that this was work for an architect rather than an artist.

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Which is a shame. We've found a couple of tube-like hotels (Hotel Everland and the fantastic Dasparkhotel) and a great tubular mobile home (the Orb), but nothing like this. Can someone please make one? RM

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Via: Treehugger/Andreas Angelidakes

Images: Guy Dessauges

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  • fugu

    December 22, 2008

    have u considered earthquakes, strong winds, escape exits…

    That might be of some importance on ur LOVELY hotel…

    the concept is cool… but cool is not enough…

  • Nestor

    November 28, 2008

    It looks neat, but not terribly stable.

  • ugur

    September 11, 2008

    this is an amazing idea, catchy and very very intense arch. design perseptive. especially in our brave new &

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