ocean spiral envisioned as the world's first underwater city
 
ocean spiral envisioned as the world's first underwater city ocean spiral envisioned as the world's first underwater city
nov 24, 2014

ocean spiral envisioned as the world's first underwater city

ocean spiral envisioned as the world’s first underwater city
all images courtesy of shimizu corporation

 

 

 

japanese construction company shimizu corporation has unveiled plans for an underwater city, capable of housing 5,000 permanents residents. named the ‘ocean spiral’, the design is comprised of a floating 500 meter wide sphere that is connected to a resource center on the ocean floor via a 15 kilometer helix-shaped path.

 

according to the guardian, the buoyant dome will house business and residential zones, while at the base of the scheme scientists will be able to explore ways to excavate and utilize energy resources from the seabed. officials at shimizu insist that the project is a realistic possibility, and have stated the technology needed to build the structure and to sustain life below the surface of the ocean will be available within 15 years.

ocean spiral underwater city shimizu corp japan designboom
the vast project viewed from the water’s surface

ocean spiral underwater city shimizu corp japan designboom
the design includes a floating globe that is connected to a resource center on the ocean floor

ocean spiral underwater city shimizu corp japan designboom
the scheme is capable of housing 5,000 residents

ocean spiral underwater city shimizu corp japan designboom
a 15 kilometer helix-shaped path connects the proposal

ocean spiral underwater city shimizu corp japan designboom
scientists will be able to explore ways to excavate and utilize energy resources from the seabed

ocean spiral underwater city shimizu corp japan designboom
the buoyant dome will house business and residential zones

ocean spiral underwater city shimizu corp japan designboom
areas for recreation will be included as part of the city

ocean spiral underwater city shimizu corp japan designboom
sectional drawing of the 500 meter-wide sphere

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