UK architect Richard Hywel Evans of Studio RHE who specialize in holiday resort design, has designed the world’s first revolving hotel which will be built on Solta, a small island off the coast of Croatia.
The £70 million project, which is yet to be named, is due to be completed within two and half years. The rotating section of the hotel will spin very slowly on a turntable constructed in steel in separate sections at the huge Split shipyards which are located directly opposite the Solta Island. The hotel will have 50 suites.
Over the course of a day the three-story high section, which is 200 ft in diameter, will rotate 1.3 times in the middle of a purpose-built swimming lake. A static central hub, which is 72 ft across, will house the reception area.
Guests will arrive in the hotel through an underground entrance to the hub before going up in a lift and then walking along a walkway to their accommodation on the spinning section.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Evans insisted the movement was so slow that guests would not be able to feel it. He said, “We believe this is a stunning example of how creative, exciting and bold design can and should be.”
The full development includes a new, 170-berth marina plus yachtclub and the resort will feature guest pavilions and villas as well as the hotel. The centrepiece hotel will be set in an infinity-edged swimming lake which cascades into a hillside spa below.