“The Floating Seahorse” is essentially a boat without propulsion, but has three floors and plenty of amenities.
Dubai is known for producing grandiose projects but “The Floating Seahourse” may be one of the most advanced concepts yet.
Designed by Dubai developer Kleindienst Group, the stunning rendering was presented at the Dubai International Boat Show in March 2015. According to the designers, 42 of the structures are to be built and completed by late 2016.
The Huffington Post reports that the floating properties, which are essentially boats without the propulsion, were designed and engineered to be part of “The World,” Dubai’s large artificial island project.
Each buoyant structure will have three levels: an upper deck, a main floor at sea level, and an underwater level. This apartment complex will consist of 42 villas, each of which will offer 1,700 square feet of floor area over 3 levels, with the lower level being under water.
The upper level will have a shower, kitchenette, mini bar, and Jacuzzi, and will feature a glass floor.
The center floor will have a large living space, kitchen, and dining area.
The master bedroom and bathroom will be completely submerged, with breathtaking panoramic views.
The floating structures aren’t only beautiful, they serve an important purpose. According to a Kleindienst Group press release, the estate agency will build “an artificial coral reef beneath the luxury retreats which will be a protected area in which seahorses can safely live and breed.”
Considering that the average summer temperature in Dubai is 104 degrees F, living underwater isn’t such a bad idea. However, each villa has a price tag of approximately $1.8 billion.
The first floating apartments are set to make their debut by the end of 2016 and the first tenants will move into their new homes in 2017.
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