Giant Boner Space Hotel? No Thanks, Says Barcelona

Pop quiz: what does a country on the brink of economic collapse, with dozens of unfinished buildings dotting its countryside, really need? A monstrous, phallic space hotel, of course!

Meet the 984-foot tall hotel proposed US-based firm Mobilona for an artificial island off the coast of Dubai Barcelona. Reachable by a walkway from the mainland, the hotel would feature things no one would ever need or want unless that person was a sheik with limitless funds: a zero-gravity spa (the world's first!), a vertical wind tunnel, and an "other worldly [sic] experience for guests wishing to travel to distant galaxies." It'll also be home to a 24-hour mall and a marina that can house your yacht as long as it's under 656 feet long.

Giant Boner Space Hotel? No Thanks, Says Barcelona

Want to stay one night at the 2,000-room hotel? You'll spend anywhere from 300 to 1,500 Euro for a room. Want to stay for a week? You can pay 20,000 Euro a year for a timeshare. Want to own six-story penthouse mansion? Seventy million Euro will make the garish place, with its infinity pool, superyacht mooring, and optional helipad, yours.

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.

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. And neither is most, if not all, of the city council. Plus, Mobilona has proposed space hotels all over the world—and so far not one has come to fruition. [The Telegraph]