Solar Floating Resort is a design concept for a comfortable and adventurous eco-conscious getaway at sea by Italy-based industrial designer Michele Puzzolante. The self-sustaining structure has a sleek and modern design, as these sorts of projects often do, that simultaneously serves as a luxurious yacht and an accommodating private hotel suite for six people. SFR is 20 meters in length and offers both a relaxing venue for laying out on a pristine deck by the water as well as a more exotic, underwater experience of marine life in its submerged "observation bulb."
The disc-like floating structure connects an upper deck to an underwater room enclased in a thick glass through a winding staircase. The submerged room offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding aquatic life that many tourists are keen to photograph and memorialize. There are a series of spot lights that circle the chamber for nighttime viewings of oceanic life. Up, at sea-level, guests are free to roam the expanse of the watercraft that boasts a chic Italian style, equipped with a six-person jacuzzi.
The design is built to function on solar power generated through the photo-electro-chemical-cells (PECCs) incorporated into the vacationing vessel's walls—both interior and exterior to absorb and store both artificial light and sunlight. Unlike traditional solar panels, which can be more expensive and less agreeable with a clean aesthetic, PECCs provide more flexibility in its price and its integration into architecture. SFR is a conceptual project that has defined its prospective design and amenities, attributing most of the details to a fine knowledge of advanced industrial design techniques.
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