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Floating hotel debuted for Hobart

Choosing between a cruise or a hotel on a trip is difficult.

Luckily, a Tasmanian architect has followed in the footsteps of Old El Paso and proclaimed, “Por que no los dos?“, “Why don’t we have both”?

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And both is exactly what we will be having, as Hobart will soon house its own floating hotel.

The ‘floatel’, as we’ve now officially called it, is in the very early stages of development, with the hotel’s proposal only recently put forward.

It is the brainchild of Hobart Not Highrise president Brian Corr said architect Robert Morris-Nunn, and will be situated on the River Derwent near the Regatta Grounds in Tasmania’s capital city.

According to The Mercury, Corr said of the proposal, “It’s somebody thinking laterally, instead of going up you stay down.

“I think there would be a lot of local support for the idea … Robert Morris-Nunn has a history of doing things well, and doing things properly,” he added.

The hotel will have 270 rooms as well as a bunch of restaurants, bars and shops.

As per The Mercury, Helen Burnet, Hobart City Council Alderman, said she was excited to see the full proposal.

“I think it’s an innovative approach to finding solutions to keep the height down and I look forward to the discussion around the idea.”

Morris-Nunn said the idea was borne out of the public adversity towards a proposed skyscraper hotel.

“The massive public outcry that has ensued was enough to convince me that I should add my voice as a designer and work to offer a positive alternative,” he said.

Plans will be formally delivered to the Hobart City Council late next month.


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