First there was camping, then there was glamping, and soon there could be floating tents suspended between two mountains—the next logical step, naturally. Though not yet realized, this concept could become a reality thanks to Dubai-based architecture firm Ardh Architects, which recently debuted renderings for a potential hospitality project called The Floating Retreat. Conceptualized as a series of individual tents hanging between two mountains—currently proposed within the mountains of Sharjah—The Floating Retreat aims to “bring luxury and comfort to those who cannot participate in mountain climbing or other adrenaline-filled outdoor activities,” says Omran Alowais, owner of Ardh Architects.
Visitors enter the retreat on the ground in one of the tents, which acts like an elevator and carries them up to the platform, which spans the space between the mountains. Once in the platform, guests have access to their personal tents—which can hold up to two people—and can be lowered back into the air above the valley. “Guests can adjust the suspension of the tents on their own using the provided controls,” Alowais says. “The tents are designed with privacy in mind and can be positioned in various configurations to prevent overlap or proximity to other tents.” Visitors enter the retreat on the ground in one of the tents, which acts like an elevator and carries them up to the platform. The prototype model includes bathrooms on the platforms and 10 individual floating tents.