jacques rougerie's floating research center influenced by manta rays
jacques rougerie's floating research center influenced by manta rays jacques rougerie's floating research center influenced by manta rays
aug 29, 2015

jacques rougerie's floating research center influenced by manta rays

jacques rougerie designs a floating research center influenced by manta rays 
all images courtesy of jacques rougerie architecture




‘city of meriens’ is a bionic concept which is shaped liked a real manta ray created by jacques rougerie architecture. this international oceanographic university will be drifting in the major ocean currents and aim to host researchers, teachers and students all over the world during very long periods. ‘city of meriens’ is designed to be a floating scientific city entirely dedicated to the observation and analysis of marine biodiversity, and is meant to follow the multidisciplinary programs developed by the seaorbiter’s network of sentinels in 2050. with a total length of 900 meters and a width of 500 meters, this mobile city can accommodate in its interior lagoon research vessels of different sizes (up to 90 meters long), as well as seaorbiters which would act as a hive that a number of marine and submarine vehicles and air navigation devices would use as a point of departure.

jacques-rougerie-city-of-meriens-designboom-02the floating city will accommodate different vessels inside




fully autonomous through the use of renewable marine energy, and respecting the principles of sustainable development with its zero waste program, the ‘city of meriens’ is designed to integrate aquaculture breeding farms on both sides of its interior lagoon’s access channel, and hydroponic greenhouses at the ends of its wings. at a height of 60 meters – but the lowest level at least 120 meters deep – it could accommodate up to 7000 people on several levels including lecture halls, classrooms, laboratories, living areas, cultural relaxation and sports zones.

jacques-rougerie-city-of-meriens-designboom-03the top view


jacques-rougerie-city-of-meriens-designboom-04the complex structure highlights different forms of construction


jacques-rougerie-city-of-meriens-designboom-05influenced by manta rays

  • Love it !!! So Awesome ! I do believe it is the future of all institutional learning with vast concepts for higher learning for all !!! I can see the medieval castle going by the way side ! Great Job !!! Congrats !!!

    Denice Petit says:
  • Great design, I think its very interesting but I think you meant that you were inspired by a sting ray not a manta ray. reason being is because a Manta ray has a different body shape then the ray that you have in the picture and the building. The shape that you do have is the shape of a sting ray not a manta ray. Other wise awesome, congrats on the building!

    Tatyana Danahy-Moore says:
  • An interesting and thought provoking design. Are there any shipyards in the world equipped to build this? Are there any drydocks in the world equipped to accomodate this beast when , eventually, inevitably it needs a hull inspection?
    Why such a radical design – – there are already several floating “üniversities” existing , less spectacular of course, but far more practical.

    Pierre Leblond says:
  • I’m sorry, but… I mean, look at it, look at it not sideways. Now compare to the female anatomy in any descent medical book. It’s simply too “complete” to not be it’s real inspiration, which is great don’t get me wrong, it has certainly inspired many an artist, Frida is the first that comes immediately to mind looking at this.

    Bedlamite23 says:

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