Imagine waking up to a sea of fish. Not waking up from some placid dream rather squealing in pain for it will be no dream, but for real … waking up to a sea of fish, with the backdrop of beautiful turquoise water. In Dubai, even that is possible. The $2.8 Floating Seahorse houses in the Heart of Europe – a chain of islands, part of The World cluster of islands, off the coast of Dubai – is ready. The remaining 41 will be ready by October 2016. Also ready are images showing a $12 million signature edition, which will no doubt be a reality soon after that. Reportedly, they plan to have some 131 floating homes in total. Clearly, the vast, natural, untouched desert that is freely available is passé.
Design firm Kleindienst Group spend 5,000 hours of research and 13,000 hours of design and engineering to build this. More than 200 designers, engineers and architects from 25 countries have been working on this project too. So the price tag is justified. Last year, they sold 60 Seahorses. Before it was even built. The house, which will have the living room, Jacuzzi, minibar, shower and kitchen on the upper level, will have a bedroom and bathroom underwater with a 500-square-foot coral garden outside the window where you can see seahorses getting about their business in the Arabian Gulf, its natural habitat. Apparently the company hopes this project will RESTORE the endangered species in the area. Now I am no marine scientist, but isn’t this idea a little contradictory? The makers hope to “create an artificial reef create an artificial coral reef beneath the luxury retreats which will be a protected area in which seahorses can safely live and breed.”
The future ‘editions’ are going to be bigger, better and a window into the future.
[via : Hiconsumption ]