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Oil Rig Resort

Some 4,000 oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico are set to be decommissioned during this century.  Instead of blowing them up, which costs milions of dollars and destroys marine life, how about converting them into an American Dubai of offshore luxury hotels?

Morris Architects proposes creating a self-sufficient, eco-friendly high-end resort experience in the Gulf of Mexico. The rooms could be pre-fabricated, designed to be transported out to the rig as a standard cargo container.

Geoff  Manaugh of BLDGBLOG fantasizes about what would happen next.

Image via Morris Architects

"Of course, if the real Dubai is any model for what might actually happen with such a resort, then we'll probably see dozens of oil rigs partially converted to luxury hotels only to be abandoned by their construction crews and investors. As the lands of southern Louisiana continue to disappear into the Gulf, heavily armed refugees on fishing boats will move out to sea, recolonizing the derelict structures. There will be campfires at night, burning driftwood, and specialty gardens."

-- Geoff Manaugh, BLDGBLOG

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Sounds like a 1950's Popular Science idea. Who the hell would want to stay cooped up in a box where you can't even go outside for a walk?
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Or you could do what Roy Bates did, and set-up his own country on an abandoned WWII gun emplacement.
He called it Sealand. What happened over the years is quite a story - from piracy, invasions, passport fraud, to a fire and finally being put up for sale.
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