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, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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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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