And then you’ve got to endure that long chauffeured ride from the airport to your penthouse suite across town.
But there’s a solution! If you’ve got the money — and if you own a private jet, clearly you do — you can have a portable hotel wheeled right to your plane the moment it lands.
And, as you might have guessed, it’s designed for a runway in Doha, Qatar.
According to designer and architect Margot Krasojevic, a private client commissioned the project for short stays on the ground. It’s got luxurious accommodations and a lightweight design that allows it to be quickly an easily moved from one end of the airfield to the other, and can accommodate most any size private jet.
Inside, it’s got a chic minimalist vibe to the small lounge, bathroom and sleeping quarters. The extendable walkway with stairs is covered by a cantilevered canopy. Beyond looking very sharp and ultra-chic, this overhang shields private jet passengers from some of the harshest sunshine on the planet. Very much a survival element as it is an aesthetic one.
The whole design is a bit of a balancing act, with hydro-pneumatic suspension sections that can be moved apart, locking the hangar roof in place and counterbalancing the different sections of the structure.
If that’s not far-out enough, it’s designed to filter rainwater for consumption, uses a combination of laminated glass, photovoltaic cells, and LED lighting to create an array of visual effects, and uses “pattern recognition, digital, and radioactive technology to blur the edges between the virtual and actual.”
Which is probably why this will remain more a concept than a convenience for the foreseeable future.
Still, most of the technology we enjoy today as commonplace was once a far-fetched idea just as this. And, with the trend of global wealth distribution becoming more disparaging, the ever-increasing number of those who largely travel by private jet will likely embrace such innovation and possibility quickly to add to their ever-expanding expectations.