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Oil Rig Turned Resort Hotel Wins Grand Prize in Design Competition

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Rig Resort wins top Hospitality Design prize.

The next time you and your spouse go on a cruise, you may be staying at a luxury oil rig hotel if Morris Architects has their way.

When Hospitality Design magazine (an international design competition co-sponsored by the John Hardy Group) launched a contest that asked for Radical Innovation in Hospitality, they probably never expected to see what one firm would come up with.

Morris Architects, a 70-year design firm, didn’t see an old abandoned oil rig as an eye sore, rather, they saw it as a nature refuge, a place where people would want to come visit and enjoy their stay in luxury. This haven would be a birdwatchers/adventurers dream come true.

Once a Goliath of an iron giant, and pumping crude oil which emits greenhouse gasses, it has now been replaced with trees, rocks, and just about anything a nature-lover would come to embrace.

“In a twist on the symbol of oil dependence, the rig is transformed from obsolete industrial infrastructure into a vibrant component of the biosphere’s ecosystem and a destination for discerning travelers,” Says Morris Architects Director of Design Douglas Oliver.

Billions of dollars are spent blowing up these oil rigs when the drilling operators are done with them, so why not reuse them in a way that would not only benefit tourists, but also promote a greener world? Why destroy such a massive structure, when it can be built upon, and at the same time, not interrupt the sea-life that now calls it home?

The Oil Rig Resort, Spa, and Aquatic Adventure will not only serve as a main port for luxury cruise liners, but can also be used for conferences, retreats, or even a spring break party. The options are endless with this new alternative to deconstruction, and marine extermination.

The Reef Lobby of the Rig Resort features spectacular views.

Mexico and the Caribbean would more than likely be one of the first to host a luxury oil rig hotel miles from the shore, bringing many new jobs and recreation to the area. The energy would be alternative (wind turbines), and showcase some of the most beautiful views seen through glass bottom floors.

In the end, Morris Architects captured the competition’s $10,000 Grand Prize and an Honorable Mention in the contest – the first firm to have been nominated for two of the four finalist positions in a single year.

The world is sailing into a greener future with companies like Morris Architects as our captain.

Said Michelle Finn, vice president of Hospitality Design Group, publisher of Hospitality Design magazine, “Innovation deserves a platform. This award offers a glimpse of what is truly cutting-edge thinking.”