Michele Puzzolante’s Solar Floating Resort is an offshore eco retreat
What could possibly be more luxe than a private eco retreat on your own self-sustaining floating resort? Designed by Michele Puzzolante, the Solar Floating Resort is an aquatic escape that drifts along the coastline and boasts an underwater transparent room to watch fish swim by, a photovoltaic thin-film skin and an on-deck Jacuzzi.
The Solar Floating Resort takes the issue of rising ocean levels into consideration, as it is a fully self-supporting system. Puzzolante’s aquatic design features a thin-film solar skin applied to a lightweight balsa-reinforced fiberglass hull. The round shape of the vessel provides constant exposure to the sun, powering batteries during daylight hours to supply clean energy through the night. The interior skin is also layered in dye-sensitized thin-film PV to absorb artificial light at night, creating a 30mm vacuum with the outer layer.
The ship’s 110 square meter deck provides ample space for private amenities for its six guests. Puzzolante meticulously designed the interior to showcase both quiet niches and grand views. The attached baths have a space-saving water closet hanging off the tub while the core of the space is a large kitchen and bar, complete with a center spiral staircase leading down to the transparent observation bulb.