Abandoned Oil Rigs to Become Ultra-Luxury Hotels

February 19, 2009

So, you’ve got 4,000 oil rigs about to be decommissioned in the Gulf of Mexico.  That’s going to be a mess.  Unless, of course, we just turn them into luxury hotels for the super rich. This is exactly what an architecture firm, Morris Architects, is proposing.

Hogswallow, you say? Well, maybe you should use less esoteric words from now on.  But I understand, you want an explanation.  Let’s let Morris Architects explain themselves:

There are approximately 4,000 oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico varying in size, depth and mobility that will be decommissioned within the next century. If a deck on one of these rigs is about 20,000 square feet, then there is potentially 80 million square feet of programmable space just off the coast of the United States. The current method for rig removal is explosion, which costs millions of dollars and destroys massive amounts of aquatic life. What if these rigs were recommissioned as exclusive resort islands? Could the Gulf be America’s “Dubai” and the rig the artificial island on which to build it? This project examines the possibilities of creating a self-sufficient, eco-friendly high-end resort experience in our own backyard – the Gulf of Mexico.

Apparently, the way it works is they prefabricate the hotel rooms as individually packaged units, ship them out to the rigs, and just install them (see below).  Pretty clever, but if the current state of Dubai is any indicator, maybe the Gulf of Mexico isn’t ready to open its own franchise. 



Source: Morris Architects