This is the City of Mériens – the floating city which looks like something straight out of the next Ridley Scott sci-fi hit. It is the vision of imaginative French architect Jacques Rougerie and is designed to provide scientists with a place to live whilst conducting research on the ocean.
I know what you’re thinking, it sounds like the Alzheimer’s research centre in Deep Blue Sea but don’t worry no sharks are involved in his plan and the city moves (or more so floats) so if they did come under attack it would be easy to escape. Ok maybe it was just me making that connection, regardless, the construction wouldn’t just float, on no, it is designed to plunge up to depths of 120 metres below the ocean’s surface.
When you thought this futuristic concept couldn’t get any cooler, the facility would be in the shape of a giant manta ray so that it can resist turbulence from storms and other vicious weather conditions.
The radical structure would be 60 metres tall, measure 900 metres by 500 metres and be entirely dedicated to the analysis and observation of marine biodiversity.
Mériens would house up to 7,000 scientists and students from all over the world spread across the entire structure. It would be fit with laboratories, classrooms, living quarters, sports areas, aquaculture breeding farms, and ‘wings’ that would be a space for hydroponic greenhouses so that the residents can grow fruit and vegetables. Rougerie knows that everyone needs their five-a-day you see.
Talking about his vision for the vessel Rougerie said, “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.”
The City of Mériens is designed to be totally sustainable, produce zero waste and run entirely on renewable marine energy. So far the sea loving architect’s designs is completely conceptual but that doesn’t mean it won’t become reality. His latest design, the Sea Orbiter – a 12 floor floating lab with six floors above and six below sea level – cost $50 million to make and is expected to be operational next year.
With this in mind it is not unlikely that we may see Rougerie’s ambitious plans for construction to take place and researchers to move into (or onto) the city by 2050.
I’ve got a while before I start packing then.
Article Source: Viralthread.