Floating Hotel with Catamaran at METS 2015

Today at METS 2015, Svetlana Mojic, director of Salt & Water Design Studio, will be presenting a concept for a floating hotel with Catamaran apartments at the Innovation Lab Stage (November 18, 15:45 – 16:10). In addition to beauty views and harmony with nature, the need for lightweight, moisture resistant materials and components is essential. Ms. Mojic will discuss the benefits and challenges of designing for the water.

Winner of the Millennium Yacht Design Award, this floating hotel consists of two different parts – central floating construction and apartment catamaran units. When passing through the central floating construction (which consists of reception, restaurant, event hall, offices for staff and a café), guests are reaching pathways which are connected to the apartment catamarans. Each apartment is actually an innovatively designed catamaran which can be easily separated from the dock and navigated, allowing guests to choose the perfect location for their vacation by themselves.

Catamaran consists of a salon, a galley, a bathroom, a hall with storage space and a sleeping area (above the salon). Guests can also relax at two separate outdoor locations– the flying bridge and the beach platform. Each apartment can accommodate 2-4 persons, thanks to the possibility of converting the salon into a double bed. From the beach platform it is easy to access the water for swimming, diving, fishing and sun bathing.

The main idea is to allow users to enjoy their visit through a navigation at a very slow speed and with an uninterrupted view of the nature around. For this reason the catamarans have this unusual shape with large windows in the front. Catamarans-apartments can be considered as “frames of the nature” – connecting the guests with the water and the sky and isolating them from the everyday’s stress.

Salt & Water is a design studio specialized in yacht interior design and exterior styling, aircraft interior design and architecture. This team of young award-wining professionals strongly believes that mixing experiences from different fields helps them to make unique design solutions. You can discover more about their work here.

For more details about this lecture and more at METS 2015, please refer to our lecture series program.