Honestly… how amazing is this? Imagine having an apartment that was half under water. Pretty cool, right? Now imagine that your already-incredible underwater apartment is in the ocean!
Dubai has become well-known for innovative architecture and grandiose projects in recent years, and for good reason. Meet the latest in ambitious projects to come from the city: The Floating Seahorse, a series of luxury floating villas that are partially underwater. Constructed by real estate agency Kleindienst Group, these villas will cost approximately 1.8 million dollars.
According to Kleindienst, the Floating Seahorse is “essentially a boat, not a villa.”
This apartment complex will consist of 42 villas, each of which will offer 1,700 square feet of floor area over 3 levels, with the lower level being under water.
The upper level will have a shower, kitchenette, mini bar, and Jacuzzi, and will feature a glass floor.
The center floor will have a large living space, kitchen, and dining area.
And finally the submerged lower level will house the master bedroom and bathroom — with glass windows, of course!
Each level is equipped with floor to ceiling windows that offer amazing views of marine life. It truly is like having your own personal aquarium.
The Floating Seahorse villas will be part of the Kleindienst Group’s developmental project called “The Heart of Europe,” which is a group of artificial islands modelled after European design and heritage. The Heart of Europe itself is in a section called “The World,” a man-made archipelago constructed in the shape of a globe located 4 kilometers off the coast of Dubai.
Developers of the Floating Seahorse say they’ll also be creating some accommodations for seahorses and other endangered species as well. Kleindienst CEO Josef Kleindienst had this to say in a press release:
The Seahorse is an endangered species and we will create an artificial coral reef beneath the luxury retreats which will be a protected area in which seahorses can safely live and breed. Very soon, people will be able to see up-close and personal, the beautiful and elegant Arabian horse of the ocean – the seahorse!The first floating villas are set to make their debut by the end of 2016 and the first tenants will move into their new homes in 2017.