Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Jetway Hotel in Doha, Qatar by Margot Krasojevic
July 12th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Margot Krasojevic
The project is a design for a private client’s short stay hotel hangar that can be wheeled to different docking locations at an airport. The hotel lounge is an extension of the private jet which enables the clients to rest/ stay for a period of 24 hours before departure. The scheme is composed of three telescopic fibreglass polymer clad shells, the exterior contains perspex encased tritium sections that glow, this contained radioactive elements are harmless and have a ten year life span without the need for external power supply. The scheme can be dismantled for easier transportation.
The hydropneumatic suspension sections can be moved apart similar to that of an airport passenger jet bridge, they are cantileverd from the main structural steel frame stem which locks the cantilevered hangar roof whilst counterbalancing the lounge rooms, both sections are secured at an angle into this movable structural rig which also acts as an anchor for the scheme. Rain water is filtered in order to be used by the hotel room services.
A seamless polished chrome cantillevered canopy displays the jet within a highly reflective environment which can be shuttered off when necessary, the surfaces are sealed to not only showcase the plane but keep the area clean of rain water contamination making it a self cleaning hangar. A creased rubber section connects all three fibre glass shells which expands and contracts according to the shells movements. The expandable interior sections are lined with a combination of laminated glass , photovoltaic cells and low-resolution LED Lighting which can be programmed to create any fully immersive environment which either connects you with the existing horizon line and context or completly dislocates you from it.
The design concept mimics the heat haze, shimmering effect of high temperatures during takeoff and landing, altering our perception of the immediate environment, the architecture is an extension of the dynamics of it’s context, using pattern recognition, digital and radioactive technology to blur the edges between the virtual and actual.
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