Plans for a floating metropolis with undersea streets have been presented.
If built, a floating water metropolis off China’s coast would be the most grandiose urban project ever.
What Would The City Look Like?
AT Design Office revealed plans in 2015 to build in Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau’s Dawan District.
The city would be a 150-meter-long, 30-meter-wide concrete prefab body. In addition, the floating metropolis would have a cruise ship terminal, a harbor for small boats, and a port for civilian subs.
Furthermore, underwater roadways would link the floating city’s pods.
Sci-Fi is Coming True
CCCC-FHDI commissioned the England-based AT Develop Office to design a 4-mile-long floating island.
The dystopian city mock-ups may look like science fiction, but they’re not.
CCCC-FHDI used the same technology to create a 31-mile bridge linking Hong Kong, Macau, as well as Zhuhai. Slavomir Siska, the bridge’s architect, said a 150-meter-long precast concrete box connects an underwater tunnel.
The mega box is cast on an island and carried to the site. They worked with the engineer to design a 10-square-kilometer floating island using the same technology.
The initial idea for Floating City comprised hexagon-shaped modules connected to construct the largest floating building ever created. It would also contain a yacht and underwater transport network, a hovering hotel, and an entertainment district.
With farms, hatcheries, and trash collecting facilities, the city can generate its own sustenance and dispose of waste responsibly.
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Is This the Blueprint for the Future?
Siska said the idea might create a zero-carbon, energy-efficient, self-sufficient metropolis with world-class housing, commercial and cultural amenities. Again, prefabricated units would be launched from a cruise port.
One “public green belt” on the water’s surface and one underneath were offered for pleasure and sports. In addition, the vertical flower beds chimney provides natural ventilation and illumination.
The amusement city would also feature an underwater hotel and an open stage.
The design will address long-term infrastructure and sustainable development demands while creating new education, recreation, job, and business possibilities for a dynamic, varied, and sustainable community and economy.
This project’s future is unclear and a timeline hasn’t been set.
Saudia Arabia is building an $8 billion turtle-shaped floating city “terayacht”
It’ll be able to hold 60,000 people, comprised of 9 different bows subdivided into different blocks with 19 villas, 64 apartments, & shopping malls.
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Other Plans for Sea Cities Presented
The 2017 Shenzhen Biennale Outer Exhibition also included a floating city.
Rising sea levels threaten low-lying communities, so architects are designing floating towns. It begins as the Maldives unveil designs for the world’s first floating metropolis in the Indian Ocean.
The city is being created 15 minutes by boat from the capital Male and will have hotels, clubs, and stores for tourists.
South Korea has presented plans for a floating metropolis. Oceanix Busan would comprise 12,000 dwellings and “flood-proof architecture that goes up with the sea.” Moreover, designs for a £6.8billion turtle-shaped superyacht have been unveiled.
The ship would be 550m long and 610m broad.
Italian designer Lazzarini say its peak could hold 60,000 people in hotels, commercial centers, and parks.
What do you think of this idea? Does it make sense or is it crazy?This article appeared in NewsHouse and has been published here with permission.