Serbian architecture and yacht design firm Salt & Water, an apt name for the company, has come up with a unique proposal to circumvent the strict rules and regulations on polluting remote lakes so vacation-goers can enjoy the beauty of what it describes as the “untouched and neglected” side of nature.

The proposal is as marvelous as it is bold. At the very least, it’s unique, or so it is when I’m picturing a floating catamaran that doubles as a posh, luxury hotel and apartment. If you can’t replicate the image in your head, don’t feel too bad. I had the same problem too until I saw Salt & Water’s design renderings of its proposal.

In a word, wow.

According to the Serbian design firm, the concept is actually pretty simple if you let your imaginations run loose a little bit. The most important part of this conceptual design is the permanently docked structure that serves as a reception area and a wharf of sorts, connecting the bank of the lake on one side and a handful of catamarans designed as hotels on the other side, similar to how boats are moored in a more traditional dock.

Each of these catamarans doubles as an apartment that can accommodate as many as four people. It’ll also have all the features and amenities you’ll need in a top-class apartments. There’s a salon, a galley, bathrooms, and a sleeping area. More importantly, you can take these floating apartments out of the dock should you want to enjoy the lake for yourselves. If you want to take a dip, the beach platform allows you to jump into the lake without so much of a hassle.

The proposal is still in its conceptual phase so there’s still a long way to go before we actually see these things in production. But it is a nifty idea from Salt & Water, one that I wouldn’t mind seeing come to life in the not-so-distant future.

Continue reading to read more about Salt & Water’s proposed floating catamaran apartments.

Why it matters

I’ve seen my fair share of boat concepts in the past but I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like what Salt & Water is proposing with these catamaran apartment concepts. I like the idea of it but I’m not sure how it’s going to fly with environmental advocates who may have a thing or two to say about the prospect of seeing these things occupy the world’s lakes.

All things considered, these floating catamaran apartments are a great way to infuse a new kind of tourist attraction in parks all over the US. Think about it. Instead of camping out in these places, you can opt for something a little more, shall I say, extravagant? It might rob people of the whole experience of being one with nature, but sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to have a nice bed to lie on when you’re out there trying to have a good time.

I don’t know if Salt & Water will ever produce these things, but if I were them, I’d seriously consider doing it, or at least gauge the temperature to see where the interest is. Not that it’s going to matter, but if the company goes out and tries to ask for my opinion, it’s definitely going to get my vote.

Source: Salt and Water

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