The Rig Hotel
Within the next century, say Morris Architects, approximately 4,000 oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico will be decommissioned. This will free up about 80 million square feet of space that would otherwise be exploded, costing loads of money and killing tons of fish. So, why not, they suggest, turn them into resorts? This is the Caribbean, after all…
Sounds silly? Well, the people at the 2008 Radical Innovation in Hospitality awards disagree. They awarded Morris Architects’ ‘Oil Rig Platform Resort and Spa’ concept first place.
Each rig would be a resort with 300 or so rooms and a wide range of facilities. Guests could indulge in parasailing, scuba-diving, and moth racing. There’d be submersible tours. Or alternatively they could laze around on the rooftop beach.
And in contrast to the original dirty rig, the resort would use clean energy from wind, waves, and the sun.
It’d be like America’s Dubai, with luxurt resorts dotted all over the Gulf. You could pull up in your yacht, land on the helipad, or take a cruise from one rig to another. Drop in for a weekend conference, or get away from it all for a week or two.
Still not convinced? Check out the autonomous kingdom of Sealand. RM