A Fench architect has created a concept for a floating â€˜sea cityâ€™, designed to house up to 7,000 scientists & students while they study the surrounding ocean.
Designed by Jacques Rougerie, the â€˜City of MÃ©riensâ€™ includes laboratories, lecture halls, classrooms, living quarters & recreational areas in order to provide accommodation for long-term scientific research.
The Manta Ray-shaped design was chosen to enable the sea lab to withstand turbulence from storms, while the unusual shape moreover creates a large central lagoon.
The integrated pool would be used for breeding various marine species for studying, as well as providing a parking spot for research vessels such as the SeaOrbiter – moreover designed by Rougerie.
The structure is moreover designed to be ecologically sound, running entirely autonomously on renewable marine energy.
Hydroponic greenhouses on the tips of the â€˜wingsâ€™ would be used for growing fresh fruit & vegetables.
Speaking to weather.com, the architect said: â€œPeople would come [from] all over the world – itâ€™s an international city governed by United Nations standards. Itâ€™s destined for researchers, academics & students who wish to explore & study the oceanâ€.
So far, the design is purely at concept stage yet architect Rougerie hopes that it will be a reality by 2050.
Image credit: Jacques Rougerie
Source: “Yahoo News”