Revealed: the planned hotel that can bridge canyons

A look at Michael Jantzen's eco-friendly Colorado River Bridge Hotel
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The Colorado River Bridge Hotel is a design proposal for a very site specific luxury eco-hotel that would span the Colorado River in the form of a large bridge. The design exploits in great detail, the wonders of a specific site on the river without disturbing it in any diverse way. The ideal location for this hotel is where the river gorge is relatively narrow at the top. The structure would span the narrow gorge in the shape of a giant arch which contains all of the hotels facilities.
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Guests can take a walk over the top of the hotel to the other side of the river on the built-in staircase. Rainwater is gathered off of the staircase and the roof, stored in underground containers, and used in and around the hotel. Four large wind turbines and a large array of solar cells are mounted on the top of the structure. These generate electricity which is used to augment the power from the river turbine.
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A water-activated turbine would be located in the river to power a majority of the electrical needs of the hotel. In addition to the water turbine, there would be four large vertical axis wind turbines mounted on the top of the hotel, along with a large bank of solar cells. These would also generate electrical energy for use in the hotel. Natural ventilation and lighting would be utilized throughout the hotel as well as passive solar heating and cooling techniques. Rainwater would be captured from the roof and from the stairway that runs over the top of the structure, to be stored in underground containers for use in and around the hotel. Out of sight underground parking would be located near the hotel.
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A large digital projection screen is embedded in the floor of each room displaying a real-time image of the river below. This image can be manipulated by the guests to randomise digital visual and audio patterns generated by the speed of the actual river current. All of the furniture would be made from a recycled paper product and available for sale in the hotels retail product catalogue.
Mon 14 Mar 2011 12:51 PM GST