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A Gobi Desert Hotel Designed to Float on Sand

PLaTArchitects have designed a new hotel for the Gobi Desert made to float on sand.

500 miles west of Beijing, deep in the Gobi Desert, PLaTArchitects have designed a new hotel made specifically for sand. The designers compare the structure to a boat floating in water; the base rests on containers of shifting sand that keep the building stable because the sand moves in and out with equal force. Unlike standard buildings, the structural system uses no concrete or water.

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