The Future is (Almost) Now: LightHouse Hotel
Feature by Kathryn Shanks
In a vision that combines futuristic technology and aesthetic, the London and Beijing-based firm Margot Krasojević Architecture confronts the challenge of renewable energy in design with their proposed LightHouse Hotel. Having worked with the Queen of the Curve, Zaha Hadid, Margot Krasojević draws on fluidity, focusing on evolving traditional forms of buildings according to advances in technology and ecological needs.
Under Zaha Hadid’s consultancy, Krasojević produces advance innovative modern architectural structures that define Hadid’s remarkable reputation when she was alive: a legacy outstandingly still very prominent in the firm’s latest projects.
Her influence continues to permeate in Krasojević’s conceptual project, and as such, the future is at the forefront of every design choice in the LightHouse Hotel. Envisioned to be built on a repurposed oil rig in deep waters off the South Korean coast, the hotel is designed to generate energy from the high winds and waves via turbines, which can be raised or lowered into the water as required.
Enough energy is generated to run the hotel and store a surplus, making the hotel entirely self-sufficient. The hotel is also replicable, utilising lightweight yet durable materials and an inexpensive style of turbine.
The unusual design, isolated locale, and ecological focus are all geared towards the future, creating a unique travel experience to attract customers in a competitive and evolving market. Guests would be encouraged to engage with conservation efforts while learning about the renewable energy they’re living with, offering a hands-on ecological encounter. The design of both the building and the customer experience adapts to changing needs, redefining the hotel industry for future success.
The futuristic structure is also designed to function as one of the remaining lighthouses still in commission to guide ships when technology fails. Once lowered, the adjustable turbines reveal the lantern room at the top of the hotel. The light beams across the ocean and, at the same time, refracts through the hotel itself, creating an otherworldly ambience across the vast space.
The concept of the LightHouse Hotel bridges past traditions with experimentation and forward-thinking, and we at Casper & Casper are inspired by the ecological innovation at play. This innovative new way of making the impossible possible, changing our perception on how we construct and perceive buildings, is one of many ways Zaha Hadid’s legacy lives on, and one of many reasons why our founder, Milla Maria, regards her as one of the greatest of our time.
While the LightHouse Hotel is only a concept at the moment, we’re hopeful that the design and its commitment to renewables will influence structures in the future.