Quadrofoil Electric Watercraft

With the Quadrofoil you can jet across the water quietly and without injecting carbon-based fuels into the subsurface ecosystem too. This personal watercraft operates with a silent motor and zero emissions electrical tech, making it not only a cleaner option for aquatic joyrides, but also one that can shoot along lakes, rivers, seas, and eco-zones where most motor boats and PWCs are prohibited. An all-electric, battery-operated outboard motor and special steering system comprise Quadrofoil’s clean powerhouse. Combined with an aerodynamic design, the Q2S model can cruise through water at speeds of up to 20 knots, or about 25 mph. C-foil technology on the vessel’s underside creates enough buoyancy to lift it above the surface, and promote travel with minimal water resistance. The craft’s steering wheel has an integrated touchscreen display reflecting battery power, range (60+ miles), speed, and consumption. Safety provisions include: an anti-collision system (the insect’s legs) designed to absorb shock upon impact; a hollow hull that renders the Quadrofoil unsinkable; and a coupla life jackets and a paddle for lazy times.

Luxury Songjiang Hotel under Waterfall in China

Atkins has won an international competition to design a five-star resort hotel set within a beautiful water-filled quarry in the Songjiang district close to Shanghai in China. Its stunning concept designs inspired by the natural water and landscape features of the quarry captured the imagination of judges to quash competition from two other international firms. The innovative design of 400-bed resort hotel stands two levels higher that the rock face of the 100 meter deep quarry and includes underwater public areas and guestrooms. It will incorporate conference facilities for up to 1,000 people, a banqueting centre, restaurants, cafes and sports facilities. Sustainability is integral to the design ranging from using green roofing for the structures above the ground level to geothermal energy extraction. An aquatic theme runs through the design both visually and functionality. Two underwater levels will house a restaurant and guestrooms facing a ten-meter deep aquarium. The lowest level of the hotel will contain a leisure complex with a swimming pool and water-based sports. An extreme sports centers for activities such as rock climbing and bungee jumping will be cantilevered over the quarry and accessed by special lifts from the water level of the hotel.