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  • Grrrowler

    Look at all those koi ponds! Of course, it being Qatar, they will probably end up being poached koi ponds.

    The house itself looks amazing. I hate that if the renderings are accurate, it’ll be in the middle of the desert. The oasis concept is great, except that most oases don’t have such square edges. I can only imagine what it will take to keep the gardens and ponds from drying out. I’d like this a lot better if it were in a more temperate location.

    • Paul

      That is the problem with Qatar isn’t it. It is in the middle of a desert.

      • Grrrowler

        The Qataris don’t seem to mind, but it would be a problem for me.

        • Teddi

          I guess when you live in the richest country in the world, you can overlook the heat and vast desert. Who is it being built for, does anyone know? And what would be the proposed cost of getting it completed? Another billion dollar home, you think?

          As for the gardens, I’m not really understanding how that will be possible to maintain. They’d have to have one hell of a waste water capture and recycling system, perhaps, but other than flying fresh water in, how would those gardens get watered? They should probably rethink that and go with rock and cacti gardens. I’m all for doing the extraordinary, but sometimes, you just have to allow the land and the climate to dictate direction.

          • Andrew

            How would it get watered? The same way they water those huge golf courses over there: with money. (what I mean by that is that the problem is not insurmountable – solutions exist, they are just expensive)
            As for the palace on the whole, I love it. Very bold, very different! Looks like something the aliens might design 🙂

  • Daniel

    *If* this gets built, it would instantly become a top 10 home for me. Completely outrageous, completely impractical, and an incredibly shameless showcase of wealth. I love it! Oh, and this would be an excellent home to play hide-and-seek.

    • Teddi

      Oh Daniel, you crack me up.

      This is one house I wouldn’t want to play hide and seek in. I’d never get found.

      • Daniel

        Ha, I know. The players would get lost. Decades would probably pass before they found each other.

        • Teddi

          LMAO. It would be the residential home equivalent of Jumanji. You’d just be stuck in there, getting older, trying but never able to find your way out. And to make it really authentic, they could plant those sheep eating plants from the UK along the perimeter so that no one can get out.

          Am I the only one who can imagine servants going missing and no one even realizing? They’d hire new people thinking the others had quit.

          Alright, it’s farfetched, but I couldn’t help thinking it since I get lost everywhere. I get lost standing at the ‘You Are Here’ sign at the mall. I always look at it and wonder: how the hell could I be there?

          • Grrrowler

            It took me a minute to realize that you didn’t mean sheep that are eating plants, but plants that eat sheep! I couldn’t figure out what a few sheep around the perimeter would accomplish. 😉

            But, the residential home equivalent of Jumanji: awesome!

        • Teddi

          Dammit! Yes, the sheep eating plants! The other way around is definitely not scary. LOL.

  • Last Man Standing

    I wounder how many Filipino slaves with their passports confiscated it will take to service that place.
    Jihad, baby.

  • Jl

    Last man please refrain from using the F word in this website. Nobody cares

    • Last Man Standing

      What F word? The only F word was “Filipino”. Which I believe is the spelling for the word for someone from the Phillipines. “Phillipino” isn’t used.

      That is the only “F” word in my three line post. Other words start with I, W, H, M, S, T, P C, J, and B. Actually, the letter F appears only two times in the entire post and the other word is “confiscated”.
      Are you drinking?

      • Daniel

        I’m pretty sure he/she was insulting Fillipinos in general by adding the “nobody cares.” Luckily, we can use the same phrase towards foolish commenters like that person.

      • rob

        Whoa, was that really just a blatantly racist jab at Filipinos. That is funny. Who is JL? Anyone know? Is he a Catari princeling. Uh oh, I used the C word. LOL:.

  • Mansions & More

    lol, nice location.

  • Andrew

    …and just look at that first ‘aerial’ shot – there is a pool suspended *above* a lake-size pool on the ground! I love this.

  • Brunei

    Istana Nurul Iman is still way bigger!

    • Daniel

      It is (almost 20X bigger isn’t it?), but it really just looks/feels like an airport. This on the other hand is stunning with the vast expanses of water, floating architecture, immense walls of glass, etc. This wins hands down.

      • Brunei

        Um… Not really. No picture does Istana justice, though inside it is hideous. Have in mind that when it was built.

  • Andrew

    This might be a shameless display of wealth, but I don’t mind so much when this wealth is used to create stunning and unique architecture rather than: a) building inferior copies of something somebody else (usually French) have already done, or b) slapping gold coating over every bit of furniture, or c) cramming in a multitude of bathrooms for each occupant of the house…. These three seem the most popular trends presented on HOTR. But this… this is hands-down the most exciting design for a residence I’ve seen, if not ever, then certainly on this site.

  • Brunei

    OK, come on, Andrew. This is actually a copy of Zaha Hadid bullsh_t. It looks like a shopping mall and lacks the grandeur of a true palace.

    • Andrew

      I must admit I didn’t know about Zaha Hadid until now. From what I just googled quickly I can see some similarity perhaps, but I would not say it is a copy. It certainly is much less derivative than the bunch of ‘French inspired’ mansions that followed this entry on HOTR… In any case, I still like it much better than any of her stuff I’ve seen so far (but again, that’s just after a quick look-up). I do agree it lacks the grandeur but to be honest I’m thinking of it more in terms of a large private residence rather than a formal palace so I’m more than fine with that too.

  • Venom

    I kind of want to see this built and kind of want to visit it.

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