Jacques Rougerie, a French architect has designed a futuristic undersea exploration vessel that will serve as the temporary home for a team of dedicated scientists to explore the ocean. Described as something between a ship and a submarine, the Sea Orbiter is like a floating tower with a sprawling 51 meters visible above sea level and 31 below. The future of oceanic exploration does not end there for visionary, French architect, Jacques Rougerie, who has plans for a Sea Orbiter to be stationed in every major ocean on the planet. The vessels will report to a floating city he has also designed and named The City of Mériens, roughly translated as a city of the ocean. This creates the greatest platform for the bright future of oceanic exploration.
As a species, humans are currently visitors upon the ocean. People travel across the huge bodies of water and often use the resources it provides, however, a return to the safety of dry land as soon as possible, is often met with a sigh of welcomed relief. Jacques Rougerie’s plans will set up people as permanent residents in the ocean that add an element of convenience to sea exploration. The Sea Orbiter vessel will be nomadic and undergo extended exploration tours throughout the world’s oceans, allowing scientists to observe underwater life 24 hours a day. According to SeaOrbiter.com, the base for sea explorations can also be used as a training facility for astronauts to prepare them to live in the extreme environment of space for an extended time.
It would be expected for the Sea Orbiter to be used for space exploration training since the vessel has many similarities when compared to the International Space Station. They are both permanent habitats, each structure floats without a defined destination, and more importantly, each shares the same core purpose, which is to conduct research for the progress of humanity. Some believe it is unusual that billions of dollars have been spent to set up permanent structures in space, providing convenient access to exploration resources, and yet until recently no one had done anything equal for investigating the ocean. The Sea Orbiter will provide a permanent and cost-effective solution to oceanic exploration for generations to come.
The designs for The City of Mériens are very impressive. The massive floating city will be shaped like a manta ray featuring a lagoon at the rear to dock the Sea Orbiter and other research exploration vessels according to designboom. It is proposed to be around 3000 feet long with the capacity to house 7000 scientists and students according to Complex.com. A university-style mobile scientific city will feature laboratories, classrooms, and hydroponic greenhouses. Further accommodations include sport and recreational areas, as well as being designed to be completely self-sufficient creating zero waste. Some of this may seem a little too pretentious; however, further investigation into the man behind the lofty ideas will prove otherwise as reported by the Daily Mail.
Jacques Rougerie is a 70-year-old French architect and Oceanographer has designed underwater habitats for the past 40 years. He has successfully joined two of his greatest passions, ocean exploration, and architecture, that have included designing and building underwater museums, laboratories and other various submarine habitats as reported by Fondation. He has personally lived for extended periods underwater and has said that he feels more comfortable beneath the waves than above them. The Sea Orbiter has been described as the combination of over 30 years of pioneering research in the areas of naval architecture, sea exploration, and submarine exploration. Rougerie has adopted the motto, “anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.” If anyone can successfully create a floating city that becomes a temporary home to 7000 people, it is Jacques Rougerie. This creates and even brighter future of sea explorations and increases oceanic appreciation.
Written by Alex Barlow
Edited by Jireh Gibson
Complex: A French Architect Has Designed A Futuristic Floating City on the OceanFondation: Fondation Jacques Rougerie
Daily Mail: Would YOU live in a floating city? Fascinating 3,000 ft vessel ‘Meriens’ shaped like a giant manta ray would be home to 7,000 people without producing any waste
designboom: Jacques Rougerie’s floating research center influenced by manta rays
SeaOrbiter.com: Sea Orbiter Welcome on board Planet Ocean
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