Dubai-style Island off Coast of Barcelona Provokes Dismay

Plans for a 1.5billion euro ‘Dubai style’ island off the Barcelona coast have sparked outrage in the Catalan city.

The island will have a 984ft space hotel with amazing views of the coast. Photo: Mobilona Space Hotels

Barcelona officials are outraged over plans to construct a 300-metre “space hotel” on an artificial island off the coast of the city.

The artificial island would be reached by a walkway from the mainland where a 984ft Space Hotel equipped with a vertical wind tunnel and the world’s first zero-gravity spa will provide an “other worldly experience for guests wishing to travel to distant galaxies”.

A request for planning permission was lodged with Barcelona City Hall last week by US-based consortium Mobilona.

Aimed at guests who “wish they could travel to distant galaxies”, the €1.5 billion hotel designed by Spanish architect Erik Morvan would offer over 2,000 hotel suites and residences alongside a 24-hour “space mall” and a marina filled with parks, pools and beaches.

Windows would feature transparent glass displays of the galaxy, which guests could turn on and off at the touch of the button.

Rooms at the 2,000 suite hotel will range from 300 euros to 1,500 euros per night while the six-storey private penthouse mansion with infinity pool, optional helipad and mooring for a superyacht comes with a 70 million euro price tag.

Mobilona CEO Jerome Bottari said that hotel guests would be able to participate in ‘space’ related activities such as experiencing weightlessness in a wind tunnel, says the Daily Mail.

He added: “When guests are ready to return from their space exploration, they will be able to turn off all transparent glass displays with the push of a button.

“They can then see through them to enjoy the beautiful sea views outside, take a breath of fresh air on their private terraces or visit one of the many parks, pools and beaches around the covered marina on Barcelona Island.”

So what’s the problem here? One, this place is unnecessarily phallic. Two, Spain’s economy is already massively screwed, and its construction industry is in an especially dire state. Dubai has similar versions of this real estate project, and they’re pretty much falling into the sea, writes Gizmodo.

Sure, Barcelona is known for crazy architecture, but not of this magnitude. But the good news? Barcelona’s mayor, who saw the plans last week, is not on board with the 1.5 billion Euro lodgings.

“We have no need or desire to take on projects of this nature,” Xavier Trias, the mayor from Catalonia’s centre-right nationalist CiU party, said in an interview with the Catalan news channel 3/24, while admitting the City Hall will give the proposal due consideration.

“We are a city of culture, knowledge, of creativity, and of innovation, and our project (for the city) will follow a different path.”

“We have no intention of turning Barcelona into a spectacle,” he added.

A representative from the Barcelona planning department also told the Telegraph newspaper: “This seems more suitable for somewhere like Dubai. Any plan to advance Barcelona must be in keeping with the present model of the city.”

Mobilona have also unveiled plans for similar “Space Hotels” in Los Angeles and Hong Kong.The three new hotels represent an estimated value of over $6 billion.

“Mobilona creates the perfect blend of design and technology to simulate any place on earth, or in the universe,” Jerome Bottari said.

“Immersive displays inside Mobilona Space Hotel on Barcelona Island will provide guests with stunning views of some of the most remote galaxies in our universe.”

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