Instead of rooms or suites, those staying in the hotel will be accommodated in 24 ‘habitation modules’, each around 20 metres long and 12 metres wide, which will together offer enough capacity for 280 guests and 112 staff. These will be arrayed around the edge of the station’s outermost ring, which is designed to spin fast enough to create an artificial gravity inside. The gravitational pull, however, will be closer to that found on Mars – around a third of the Earth’s.
This is enough to keep feet on the floor and cocktails in glasses, but has some game-changing implications for the planned sports facilities, which include a basketball court, a rock climbing wall, and trampolines.
OAC has also revealed ambitious plans for a fitness centre, spa, library and viewing deck, as well as a cinema (screenings of Alien and Gravity perhaps?) and concert venue. An events space, meanwhile, gives rise to the novel idea that corporate conferences and conventions could soon be held in the upper reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere.
There will be several restaurants which, as on cruise ships, will be themed around different subjects (English pub, Parisian bistro and Spanish tapas bar if the designers really are taking their cues from the cruise industry). How the logistics of food and drink will work remain to be seen. Surely modern expectations of luxury would preclude dehydrated meal capsules three times a day, although haute cuisine is hardly a more realistic prospect. In all likelihood guests will be served something between the two, probably courtesy of Heston Blumenthal.
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