Space hotel ‘not in keeping’ with cultural Barcelona
Officials in Barcelona have rejected plans for a ‘Dubai-style Space Hotel’, claiming it would become too much of a ‘spectacle’, greenprophet.com reports.
US developer, Mobilona commissioned Spanish architect, Erik Morvan to design the ‘out of this world’, €1.5 billion complex, which would be the tallest structure in Europe.
However, it failed to impress city Mayor, Xavier Trias, who cited ‘insensitive timing’ among his concerns with regard to the current economic situation. He also said that Barcelona was a city of culture, implying that the building would not be in keeping with plans for the capital.
Barcelona a city of culture
The 300-metre hotel comprises several futuristic towers and would feature a zero-gravity spa, wind tunnel, parks, pools, beaches and 2,000 suites. The windows would incorporate transparent displays of the galaxy, which can be turned on at the touch of a button, dezeen.com writes.
It would be constructed on the man-made Barcelona Island off the coast, like those found in Dubai, complete with marina and 24-hour mall. The twisting towers, curved structures and tree-lined platforms are at least eco-friendly buildings, Mobilona plans to power the island on green energy.
Despite initial rejections, Mobilona has applied for planning permission, confident that the concept will prove popular, just as their similar designs for Los Angeles and Hong Kong have proved. The Mayor will have to wait and see.
Author: Elizabeth Smythe Date Written: 9 July 2013