Ever heard of the group of islands called “The World” in Dubai? it’s a man-made archipelago of small islands made to resemble the map of the planet.
Part of that is called The Heart of Europe, and Richard Branson fittingly owns the island representing Great Britain. Soon, The Heart of Europe will get a floating home, named the “Floating Seahorse.” The best part? Part of it isunderwater.It will be the first of many, and it looks absolutely stunning.
The $2.8 million house took over 5,000 hours of research and 13,000 hours of design. The first models went on sale last year before anything was actually completed, and design firm Kleindienst Group says they sold 60 in 2015. The underwater portion consists of a master bedroom and bathroom and will make up about 270 square feet of the interior. Right outside the walls is a 500-square-foot coral garden, where residents will be able to see actual seahorses and plenty of other marine life float through the Arabian Gulf.
Above the surface, the luxury shines in the sun. Residents will stretch out on the giant floating bed or gaze out on the observation deck. They also will have a stepladder for safe entry and exit, but nothing’s stopping you from simply diving in.
The company’s goal is to create a new standard for living lavishly. They also hope to help restore the endangered seahorse population in the area. “We will create an artificial coral reef beneath the luxury retreats, which will be a protected area in which seahorses can safely live and breed.” Kleindienst said during an unveiling event last year.
This design didn’t come easily. Over 200 designers, engineers and architects from all over the world have teamed up to make this dream home a reality.
The firm anticipates launching the first Floating Seahorse next week and finishing its first phase of rollouts by October. They’ll begin to expand outside The Heart of Europe by 2017 and 2018. Next stop? St. Petersburg (the fake one, of course).
Please, someone buy one so I can visit.
via – thechive