Oil Rigs Become Luxury Hotels

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What do you do with 4,000 decommissioned oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico? Instead of blowing them up—costing millions and killing aquatic life—Morris Architects' Hotelier At Sea project turns them into Dubai-esque luxury hotels.

According to BldgBlog, approximately 4,000 oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico will be decommissioned within the next century. Morris proposed to convert this space into exclusive, self-sufficient eco-friendly, high-end resort islands off the Gulf of Mexico, dubbing it our very own American Dubai, as you can tell from the yacht parking lot seen in the gallery below.

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Currently, the method of removing these sorts of oil rigs would be to blow them up, which would cost millions of dollars and would kill a ton of sea life in the process. With a deck of each oil rig at 20,000 square feet, that creates about 80 million square feet of usable space. One reason this proposal is cheaper than blasting is that the rooms themselves are efficiently shipped out on big tankers and installed by stacking and sliding open, Transformers-style:

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Presently, Louisiana's wetlands are in a state of rapid degradation. 80% of the nation's coastal land loss occurs in Louisiana. The state loses 25-35 square miles, or 25,000 acres, per year, the equivalent of one football field every 15 minutes. These losses are not only environmental and aesthetic, but commercial. Projected losses to the fishing industry by the year 2050 as a result of coastal land loss are a staggering $37 billion.

Any profit taking from use or re-use of oil platforms should directly contribute to fixing the coast the oil companies broke by digging channels for crew boats to access oil rigs in the Gulf. These channels provide a ready pathway for tidal exchange and the movement of unnatural water patterns, ultimately increasing erosion and wetlands demise.

This is a real problem. Educate yourself and do something more than puke on Bourbon St.