gianluca santosuosso's floating MORPhotel concept drifts with the ocean currents gianluca santosuosso's floating MORPhotel concept drifts with the ocean currents
nov 28, 2015

gianluca santosuosso's floating MORPhotel concept drifts with the ocean currents

gianluca santosuosso’s floating MORPhotel concept drifts with the ocean currents
all images by gianluca santosuosso




this conceptual project by architect engineer gianluca santosuosso explores the idea of a self sufficient, unique hotel with the ability to adapt and move with the ocean currents. called the ‘MORPHotel’ the floating ecosystem is developed with a linear, spinal structure composed of individually connected capsules hosting rooms and luxury facilities.

the MORPHotel is defined by its adaptable spinal structure which moves with the ocean currents




eschewing from the same idea of a cruise ship, the MORPHotel is made to discover and take guests to unknown places. moving at a slower pace than a boat, the experience involves taking people on an endless and continuous journey. its adaptive shape is thanks to the one kilometer ‘spine’, making it an independent aquatic organism made up of pods constituted by orthogonal and diagonal sections. at each end, the accommodation is composed as individual boats with the option to detach from the main ‘vertebrae’ and sail within a fixed distance. in terms of sustainability, integrated solar panels, rainwater harvesting and floating vegetable gardens are examples of eco-friendly technology the system would employ.

the concept involves the scheme following a journey and taking people to an unexpected destination


people will enter the hotel through a ‘barycentric dock’ which functions attaches the hotel to the harbor of the city





  • Will a poor person like me be able to afford to stay in this floating motel?

    Paul says:

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