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Croatia to Get Revolving Hotel

October 23, 2009 By: Jena Tesse Fox

UK architect Richard Hywel Evans has designed the world’s first revolving hotel, which will be built on Solta, a small island off the coast of Croatia. The concept was reportedly proposed from a desire to provide sea views from each room.

The $114.5 million project, which is yet to be named, is due to be completed within two-and-a-half years. The rotating section of the hotel will spin very slowly on a turntable constructed in steel in separate sections at the huge Split shipyards which are located directly opposite the Solta Island. The hotel will have 50 suites, and Evans assured the Telegraph that the building's movement would be so slow as to be unnoticeable.

Over the course of a day, the three-story high section, which is 200 feet in diameter, will rotate 1.3 times in the middle of a purpose-built swimming lake. A static central hub, which is 72 feet across, will house the reception area.

Guests will arrive in the hotel through an underground entrance to the hub before going up in a lift and then walking along a walkway to their accommodation on the spinning section.

The full development includes a new, 170-berth marina as well as a yacht club. The resort will feature guest pavilions and villas as well as the hotel. The centerpiece hotel will be set in an infinity-edged swimming lake which falls into a hillside spa below.

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