Manta Ray-Shaped Floating City Concept Can House 7,000 People With No Waste

Manta Ray-Shaped Floating City Concept Can House 7,000 People With No Waste

A Fench architect has created a concept for a floating ‘sea city’, designed to house up to 7,000 scientists & students while they study the surrounding ocean.

Designed by Jacques Rougerie, the ‘City of Mériens’ 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 ‘wings’ would be used for growing fresh fruit & vegetables.

Speaking to weather.com, the architect said: “People would come [from] all over the world – it’s an international city governed by United Nations standards. It’s destined for researchers, academics & students who wish to explore & study the ocean”.

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

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Source: “Yahoo News”