Incredible Futuristic Home for Scientists is closer than you think
The whole concept sounds like something from the future but maybe the future is here now? This enormous floating city measuring 900 metres by 500 metres has been designed by Jacques Rougerie and is known as the City of Mériens. It’s a complete home from home with space for up to 7,000 people including scientists and students alike. It’s a perfect place for long term projects to be investigated with every possible facility available.
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“Considering the dimension and size of the international scientific community – 7,000 people spread on the entire structure – I designed the City of Mériens in the form of a manta ray because it was the best design to accommodate such a community with regards [to] the best possible correlation between space and stability needs,”Rougerie told Weather.com.
The manta ray design was selected because of its ability to resist turbulence from storms and other harsh weather conditions. While the visible structure is just 60 metres tall, it plunges up to 120 metres below the surface of the ocean, which helps to keep the whole thing steady.
The shape also allows for a large lagoon to be hosted in the centre of the facility, into which roving research vessels such as SeaOrbiters – also designed by Rougerie- can be parked, and on either side of its access channels there’ll be space for aquaculture breeding farms where scientists can cultivate and study various marine species. The tips of the vessel’s ‘wings’ would house hydroponic greenhouses for growing all the fruits and vegetables the residents will need right there onboard.
“People would come [from] all over the world – it’s an international city governed by United Nations standards. It’s destined for researchers, academics and students who wish to explore and study the ocean,” Rougerie says of his vision for the floating city. “[It] would revolutionise the world of underwater studies due to the fact that people would have a permanent contact with the ocean, as well as a direct access to the underwater world, as part of the City is completely underwater.”
So far, the City of Mériens is purely conceptual, but Rougerie wants it to be constructed and ready for researchers to move in by 2050. This might seem a little too ambitious – and it probably is – but the sea-loving architect has already started construction on his revolutionary SeaOrbiter floating lab, so he might actually put his money where his mouth is where his floating city is concerned.
As Tech Insider reports, when complete, the SeaOrbiter will have 12 floors – six of which will be below sea level – and will cost $50 million to make. The first one is expected to be operational by 2016.