Recycling Oil Rigs into Resorts

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What do you do with an old oil rig sitting in a lovely spot like the Gulf of Mexico? How about turning it into a hotel? Morris Architects show us how, in their winning entry in the Radical Innovation in Hospitality Awards.

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It is expensive, working out on oil rigs, so the architects propose building the prefabricated rooms on shipping container module sizes, and moving them by ship;

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But shipping container dimensions make for lousy hotel rooms, so they developed a sophisticated pop-out design.

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The pop-out produces enough room to make a comfortable unit, complete with hot tub.

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Morris Lapidus at the Fountainebleu has nothing on Morris Architects when it comes to a sexy hotel stair for a grand entrance.

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Another interior view. Play all day:

* 300+ guest and luxury suites
* Conference facility and ballroom for events
* Fitness center and spa
* High end dining, shopping, and entertainment
* Rooftop infinity pool
* Pro shop and launch for water-based activities
* Gaming casino and stargazer lounge
* Dive bell and scuba training
* Boat launch and boat slips for visitors

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And then party all night. via Jetson Green, BLDGBLOG and Curbed

See our Green Basics: Offshore Drilling: Worth the Oil, or False Hope?

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