Underwater Tennis Court Design Concept

This extravagant design concept caught my eye this weekend as the French Open started this weekend too, so I had to give this some shine in our Design section.

Polish architect Krysztof Kotala of 8+8 Concept Studio released these renderings for an underwater tennis arena to be designed for… where else… Dubai. The glass alone makes this a stretch for completion (Archpaper says it would be 3 times the size of a standard glass pane) but we can always dream. If this brings about a Dubai Open too, I’m sure it’ll be a fun watch on TV, let alone in person to be in a real-life aquarium. Hope it happens.

Dubai is planning an underwater hotel

An underwater hotel?! Finally, an idea that rivals the Butabi brothers’ idea for a club where the outside looks like the inside and the inside looks like the streets outside. Leave it to Dubai to try and make this happen as disc shaped volumes are designed for both above and below the ocean.

The underwater disc features 21 private rooms, custom lighting systems, and large panes of glass to view the marine life on the other side of the window. The abovewater disc features your typical restaurant, spa, swimming pool, rooftop garden, and helipad. Safety wise, if danger arises, the coolest feature may be that the underwater disc will automatically surface. Plus, each disc is sized according to the local condition and has the ability to be relocated if “any changes in the environmental or economic conditions occur”, meaning the marine life will be safe as well.

All in all, this is quite the ambitious and eye-catching project to be constructed. I can only imagine the experience if and when this gets built and if and when I put down my life’s savings for a one-night stay.

*tips hat* Drydocks World and Switzerland’s BIG InvestConsult, on behalf of partner Deep Ocean Technology (DOT). More info/pics via ArchDaily.