Inspired by one of Norway's most scenic overlooks, Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio has released a spectacular concept for a new boutique hotel. The proposal features the accommodations nestled onto a side of Preikestolen, a cliff that soars nearly 2,000 feet (604 meters) over the Lysefjorden fjords. Already a popular tourist destination, adventurous visitors would have a new reason to make the hike thanks to the sleek hotel.
The nine-suite hotel would be entered from the top of the cliff, with a common lounge area and guest rooms nestled into the face of the rock. The upper entryway would double as a scenic overlook, while real adventure seekers would want to venture to the pool deck. Here, a glass-bottom pool is cantilevered, allowing courageous swimmers to enjoy the water while looking down into the fjord.
The entire concept was inspired by a photograph sent to studio founder Hayri Atak. Thrilled by the photo a friend took during her vacation to Norway, Atak sought to capture the adrenaline pumping scene into his architecture.
“Even though I wasn't there, I experienced the adrenaline of being on the edge,” Atak shares. “Then I dreamed of living on and beyond the edge. Simply, I just wanted [to] carry this experience beyond the edge and the idea of having this experience inspired me.”
While this boutique hotel may just be a fantasy, there are a few other glass-bottom pools that will give you a thrill while you take a dip. One luxury high-rise in Texas already has its Sky Pool installed 40 stories in the air, while two projects in London are underway. The Sky Pool at Embassy Gardens is currently under construction, while an incredible 360-degree glass-bottom infinity pool proposed by Compass Pools may also soon be a reality.
A new boutique hotel concept calls for a glass-bottom pool to be cantilevered off Norway's famous Preikestolen cliff.