Offshore Luxury Condos

Courtesy of Morris Architects. In the future oil derricks will be luxury hotels and condos, and people wil ski around them in beautiful formations

Thousands of offshore oil rigs dot the ocean with nearly 4,000 in the Gulf of Mexico ready to be decommissioned.  What do we with all those derricks? Luxury Hotels

Morris Architects proposes:
If a deck on one of these rigs is about 20,000 square feet, then there is potentially 80 million square feet of programmable space just off the coast of the United States. The current method for rig removal is explosion, which costs millions of dollars and destroys massive amounts of aquatic life. What if these rigs were recommissioned as exclusive resort islands? Could the Gulf be America’s “Dubai” and the rig the artificial island on which to build it? This project examines the possibilities of creating a self-sufficient, eco-friendly high-end resort experience in our own backyard – the Gulf of Mexico.

The rooms themselves are prefabricated and shipped to the platform.  But don’t worry if they actually build these you won’t be able to afford it.  Hat tip to BLDGBLOG

Rooms arrive by ship, sliding open like Transformers to form individual cabinettes. Courtesy of Morris Architects


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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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7 comments on “Offshore Luxury Condos
  1. I have to say that who ever came up with this idea is really clever, like you mentioned these oil rigs are out there doing absolutely nothing why not utilize them, even if for condo’s (vacation homes) or for Hotels, I think that this would be a great use for them but one would have to make sure that the are environment friendly, we don’t want to pollute the oceans and cause more damage to our planet.

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