With arable land becoming increasingly scarce and waters rising around the world, developers and engineers are looking at alternatives to finding places to lodge our ever growing population. Russian architectural firm Remistudio has taken the concept of a man-made biosphere and gone to sea with its vision for the floating “Ark Hotel.” Designed to withstand floods, tidal waves and rising ocean levels as well as earthquakes and other natural disasters, the hotel concept would float and function independently on the surface of a body of water, providing a green, self-sustaining environment for guests who presumably, would never have to leave.
There are not shortage of private islands resorts, however it is rare to have the opportunity to purchase a unique private island resort in North America. In the far north country of Quebec, where the evergreens stretch tall and crystal clear waters shimmer beneath a glorious blue sky, lies half crown island. More than a private resort, this enchanted locale is designed to feel like home. Here are the details according to Private Islands Online. Five Cabins Main House •Approximately 4,000 square feet •Sleeps four •Two bedrooms, 2.5 baths •Large kitchen with Garland commercial stove, dining and sitting areas •Butler’s pantry •Large formal dining room with fireplace, seats 20 •Large living room with stone fireplace •Wet bar •Oil furnace Staff House •Sleeps six •Three rooms, one bath with shower •Woodstove Mid-heaven •Sleeps 6+ •Three bedrooms, one bath with tub/shower •Living room with stone fireplace •Woodstove Sunrise •Sleeps two to four •One bedroom, one bath with shower •Sitting room •Woodstove Northern Lights •Sleeps two •Large bedroom/sitting room •One bath with shower •Woodstove Upscale Amenities •Outdoor kitchen with barbeque/rotisserie, smoker, gas burner, and massive stone fireplace •Two additional decks equipped for outdoor living •Paddle tennis court •Swimming dock •Spectacular views – every window in the main house looks out on the lake and every cabin has a water view Outbuildings •Propane generator and water pump house •Fully equipped workshop •Woodshed and two storage sheds •Large icehouse •Three boathouses Boats •23’ cedar strip w 115HP ETEC •19’ cedar strip w 45HP Honda 4-stroke •16’ cedar strip w 20 HP Johnson 2-stroke •14’ cedar strip w 30 HP Johnson 2-stroke •16’ fiberglass w 15HP Johnson 2-stroke •16’ Boston Whaler w 90HP ETEC •17.5’ Aluminum fishing boat w 70HP Evinrude 2-stroke. For more information visit Private Islands Online .