Saudi Arabia is no stranger to unique architectural marvels that border on the precipice of science fiction. Take the country’s stab at building a narrow linear 105-mile mirrored city across a swathe of desert and mountain terrain.

While ambitious, architects and analysts doubt The Line’s sizable scale can be achieved. In fact, Saudi Arabia recently scaled back its ambitions, lowering the number of anticipated residents and announcing that officials expected only one mile to be completed by 2030. The Saudi government announced in 2021 that 1.5 million people would live in the city by 2030.

The setback hasn’t stopped Saudi Arabia from dreaming big.

The country recently announced the world’s longest glass resort and sky pool. Named Treyam, the $500 billion project resembles a glass bridge that spans a lagoon on the Gulf of Aqaba in Northwest Saudi Arabia, about six miles from The Line. Mark Foster Gage Architects was charged with the design. Treyam joins other planned otherworldly glass-dominant developments in Saudi Arabia, including Epicon, Gidori and others.

Officials explain that the 250-room hotel will reside atop a 1,476-foot-long bridge, with glass rooms, an infinity pool and an entertainment district at both ends. According to Mark Foster Gage, founder of Mark Foster Gage Architects, the hotel rooms will be placed between the bottom of the bridge and the infinity pool. They will feature glass floors and ceilings.

Gage’s team designed the structure to rise 118 feet above the lagoon, offering 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape.

“Each of the rooms has a partially glass floor,” says Gage. “You’re literally hovering over an entire underwater ecosystem and looking out over the vastness and beauty of the natural world. So, that sense of seeing things from above, seeing them from a distance and seeing them from a perfect vantage point, that’s what Treyam offers guests.”

Gage adds that the rooms will also have partially glass ceilings, directly connecting to “some of the most incredible views of the stars.”

No completion date has been announced.

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