London and planet Earth-based practice Space Group Architects has taken the search for the next emerging market to a new, extra-terrestrial level
The firm has drawn up detailed designs for an envelope-pushing space hotel, connected to earth by a huge elevator.
Guests will stay in glass pods clad with gold film to protect them from the increased UV radiation. With views in all directions, the pods sprout chandelier-like from a central corridor. The architects liken the experience to ‘being in an embryonic state’. The closing scenes of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey spring to mind.
The hotel will also feature the Spaced-Out Bar, Sun Deck Restaurant, R2-D2 Souvenir shop and Sunset Spa.
Explaining why the practice had come up with the plans, founder Martin Gruenanger said: ‘We felt that we had to do a serious proposal before somebody else did to compete with the very large practices that all too often get appointed to do such exciting projects, while not necessarily having any expertise.’
No harm in having stellar ambition.