Dubai is known for pushing the limits when it comes to architectural feats. They’ve already created indoor ski slopes, built the tallest building, and are home to floating villas. So, how could the city possibly top itself? Oh yeah, by bringing a rainforest to the desert.
Architects in Dubai are building the world’s first hotel with its own rainforest. Set to open in 2018, the Rosemont Hotel and Residences will boast over 2 million square feet of hotel, residential, and leisure space, an artificial beach, and a glass-bottom pool suspended above the streets of Dubai.
The hotel, designed by ZAS Architects, will be accommodated by a 47-storey tower that neighbours a twin tower of the same height housing 280 residential properties.
All entertainment facilities — including the 75,000-square-foot rainforest — will be located in the “podium” at the base of the two towers.
As a city made famous by artificial islands and record-breaking architecture, Dubai will no doubt welcome the $550 million (£423.6 million) development project with open arms as it continues to redefine luxury.
Dubai is building the world’s first hotel with its own rainforest — here’s what it’s like inside.
Arriving at the hotel is an experience in itself. These artist’s renderings show guests being immediately greeted by dynamic 3D projections which will transform the drop-off point into a rainforest or a huge aquarium.
Once they head into the main foyer, visitors will be greeted by robotic luggage handlers.
Guests and residents can use the on-site bowling alley, trampoline park, or laser tag arena. The hotel will be operated by Hilton Worldwide under its Curio brand.
Sitting atop the five-storey podium at the base of the two towers is the development’s main attraction — a 75,000-square-foot jungle complete with waterfalls, streams, and a sensory rain system which mimics the rainforest climate.
Also found in the man-made jungle is a “prehistoric Jurassic-inspired marsh,” a splash pool, a sandless beach, and a rainforest café.
It makes for a pretty spectacular sight.
If you get tired of exploring the rainforest, you can head to the 25th floor and go for a dip in the glass-bottom infinity pool, which offers panoramic views of the city’s ever-changing skyline.
The bottom of the pool is also coated in starry lighting. Connected to the Skypool is an ultra-luxury spa and health club.
Design by ZAS Architects / Image by Plompmozes