Dutch Docklands International, a Dutch firm specialising in floating structures, has unveiled plans to build a snowflake-shaped floating five-star hotel at an undisclosed site off the coast of Norway.
The hotel, designed by Waterstudio, will have a glass roof so that guests can watch the Northern Lights while bobbing off the coast of Tromso in Norway, according to dezeen.com.
The hotel will have 86 rooms, conference rooms, spa and wellness facilities, and will be designed to be completely self-supporting and self-sustainable.
The floating structure will be built in pieces at dry docks and then assembled at location.
Dutch architect and Waterstudio founder Koen Olthuis said: "Different to any vessel, this hotel is floating real estate and will not move.
"The floating basis is very big and because of that also very stable. You will not notice any movement. The shape provides most of the stability but additional technology with dampers, springs and cables is used to take away any acceleration."
"Key for the design was that it should be a simple glass building that would allow the guests to get the most view on the Northern Light from their beds," Olthuis explained.
The hotel will be operated by a five-star hotel operator and is set to open before Christmas 2016.