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Seymourpowell’s Airship | ColorMute

Seymourpowell’s Airship

London based design consultants, Seymourpowell, have unveiled the plans for a HUGE 265 Meter (870 ft. in American) flying hotel.  Spiffy.  The 380 ton airship will provide the mega-rich with something they’ve always wanted, a state of the art, rocket fast trip from London to New York that only takes 37 hours!  Can you beat that?  That’s almost 2 whole days!!  Modern aviation can barely rival that with a snails pace 7 1/2 hours.  In all serious, check out the additional pics and video after the jump, this thing really is pretty dazzling and I promise to make at least one allusion to the Hindenburg.

Knowing that little more can be done to utilize faster travel in this day of airport over-security, SP has decided to go in the opposite direction, the forgotten leisure of travel.  Once steam powered behemoths roamed the seas decked with gilded toilet paper, grand ball rooms, and all the snotty extravagances of a Jane Austin novel.  The modern cruise ship features all you can eat buffets 24 hours a day, plastic rock climbing walls and towel animals.  Sure, nothing wrong with this, but a bit of the separatist luxury has fallen victim to profit margins that can only be filled by appealing to mass audiences of over weight Americans, families and the near dead senior citizen.  SP hopes to relight that candle in the wind, reminding the rich how truly rich they are, like they have no idea.  The Airship Hotel will have 5 small apartments, 4 duplexes and a penthouse.  Since the entire structure is kept aloft by helium it has to be HUGE in order to offset the margins that 1 cubic meter of helium can lift 1.2 Kg (2.6 lbs. American).  Add all those luxury accommodations, your prerequisite bar, lounge, restaurant and viewing decks and you’ve got some weight.  The ship will hold 330,000 cubic meters of helium, enough to lift 396,000 Kg (almost 875,000 lbs.)  So to make the equation work, massive space, few passengers.

To most people, 2 days of travel is still ludicrous, I spent 3 days riding the rails from Seattle to Philadelphia and I almost went insane.  But riding in the air is far different than my imprisonment to a single chair for waking and sleeping hours.  Here you can roam free, sit with the clouds at your feet, enjoy lunch a few hundred feet above Paris and wave at all those peasant like citizens anchored to the ground.  It’s terribly over the top unnecessary and at this point is just an idea.  But with new found backing from Korean giant Samsung C&T, who knows.  They claim their interest is to research new building materials and really this could open some doors in lightweight construction, so a modern day Hindenburg/Titanic is unlikely.

If you’ve got 5 minutes to spare I suggest you watch this rather awe inspiring 3D simulation of the giant Christmas tree ornaments interior.  It plays like a walkthrough of Second Life with “mood lifting” music but it is impressive in idea.

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