Coming soon...contemporary boat-villas with underwater bedrooms
Would you like to sleep underwater every night, and watch fish swim by as you brush your teeth in the morning? Maybe this is nothing unusual for boat owners, but there’s something distinctly different about a new ‘marine retreat’ project coming to life in the Arabian Gulf.
The Floating Seahorse is a unique boat-villa development being designed and built in Dubai. Leading European architects The Heart of Europe revealed their outlandish plans at the Dubai International Boat Show in March, impressing with their ground-breaking idea for stylish floating villas – to be known as Floating Seahorses. The team says The Floating Seahorse is essentially a boat, not a villa, due to the fact that it will not be located on land.
In total 42 Floating Seahorses are planned, to be located just offshore from St Petersburg and Main Europe Island, a short boat ride from the coast of Dubai.
So what’s inside these glass and steel boat-villas?
Each individual Floating Seahorse will have three levels, one underwater, one at sea level and an upper deck. The master bedroom and bathroom will be totally submerged underwater. Lying in bed here, residents can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding coral reef and marine life. For the sea level accommodation, floor to ceiling windows, uninterrupted sea views, a fully-fitted kitchen with a dining area, an open plan living area and a sun deck.
Then the upper deck is the ideal spot for alfresco dining and enjoying the endless Dubai sunshine. Here you can also enjoy the external shower, an informal bed, a mini bar, and a kitchenette. There’s even a rather special glass-bottomed Jacuzzi.
CEO of Kleindienst Group, Josef Kleindienst comments “Many months of research, design and planning have gone into The Floating Seahorse and we are excited to be able to officially launch and build it in Dubai. We are confident that it will set a new benchmark in the luxury lifestyle market worldwide for outstanding innovation, contemporary design and underwater living at its best.”
It’s true that getting close to marine life is something many aspire to, and these Floating Seahorses should appeal to wealthy adventurers who fancy the novelty of underwater living.
Article: Alison Clements
Photos: The Heart of Europe