An innovative concept from a group of young design visionaries may change the way you choose to take a vacation.
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
You’ve most likely never heard of the Novi Sad, Serbia-based Salt & Water Design Studio, the daring, highly contemporary multi-award-winning group that has, well let’s just say, quite the different slant on things ranging from aircraft, to architecture, to yachts. But you’re going to, and that’s a good thing.
With owner Svetlana Mojic, along with designers Marijana Papic, and Nikola Stjelja, these three dynamic young visionaries are taking the kind of risks that often leads to industry-changing trends. And they seem to have the credentials to make it happen.
A member of the Serbian sailing team for over a decade, Svetlana has a masters degree in architecture and another in yacht design and construction. She was the recipient of the 2010 Belgrade Design Week award for being one of the 10 most successful creative people during the previous year.
Marijana also has a masters degree in architecture and became interested in floating structural design while pursuing her studies. Her studio work includes interior design and decoration.
As well, Nikola holds the same advanced architectural degree as the two other members of the team do and specializes in design and visualization.
And now, they’ve put their unique creative visions together and come up with a concept that is most interesting and exciting.
The Floating Hotel with Catamaran Apartments is a project that aims to promote tourism on inland waters. So daring and innovative is this idea that it was awarded the 2015 Millenium Yacht Design Award for its “…elegant interpretation of the house boat…and maximum utilization of interior space.”
The design calls for a central floating unit consisting of a reception space, restaurant, café, event hall, and office area. Guests can then, by using the connecting walkways, have access to individual apartment catamarans, each with the ability to separate from the main complex then to explore the local environment at their leisure.
The units consist of a salon, galley, head, hallway with storage space, and a sleeping area located above the salon. The original looking design, with large, forward-facing windows, also features two separate exterior locations; that being a bridge deck and what Salt & Water describes as a beach platform. Each apartment can accommodate up to four guests with the salon doubling as an additional berth.
Innovative. Exciting. Daring. Inventive. That’s just what Salt & Water Design Studio intends with their Floating Hotel and Catamaran Apartments concept. They’ve got my attention.
For more information about Salt & Water, please visit their Website at www.saltandwater.rs