What secrets are hidden in the depths of the ocean? The French architect Jacques Rougerie employs invented a gigantic floating city for oceanographers. City of Mérines is most exciting.
The French architect Jacques Rougerie has modeled for his idea of the City of Mérines on the streamlined shape of a skate, to allow the city to the open sea optimum stability. With 900 m long and 500 m wide, the City of Mériens is a gigantic monster. Rougerie wants to create with this project, a floating university and research town. The ship has in the wings and the fuselage can accommodate about 7,000 people, who are committed to all of Marine Research.
Rougerie it comes to exploring the world’s oceans. Because especially the deep sea from a water depth of 800 m and their biodiversity are still largely unexplored. The proportion of the entire deep-sea ocean is more than 70%. Still less is known about the surface of the moon than about the deep sea. This applies to change it. When the City of Mérines reality is, there is a realistic chance of understanding of the oceans and to develop specifically the deep sea.
Energy self-sufficient thanks to three different energy sources
The floating university and research city is supposed to be completely energy self-sufficient and environmentally neutral. Rougierie relies on three independent energy sources: In the outer skin of the manta ray small wind turbines are provided. In addition, harvesting on the upper deck and solar cells solar power. In water the architect plans turbines.
With this mix, the City of Mérines is expected to generate enough energy can to meet the needs on board.
Greenhouses in the ends of the skate wing deliver food
In the ends of the skate wing fruits and vegetables to be grown in greenhouses and hydroponic gardens. This should make it possible to make the inhabitants of the City of Mérines of a mainland food supplies independently. Inside the floating university and research city enough labs and teaching-rooms, observation facilities, housing and sports and leisure facilities are to be built. Place is not the problem: The gigantic city rises up to 120 m into the depths of the ocean.
Boosted by the manta rays form an artificial lagoon is created in the center of the City of Mérines. This is intended, among other things, accommodate other and much smaller research vessels or boats and deep-sea diving robot. In addition to the floating city around sensors, test basin and some sensor platforms should be aligned.
Rougerie has also designed the Sea Orbiter
Rougerie has dedicated itself almost completely the architecture on and under the water. From his brain came about 15 years ago and the plan for the Sea Orbiter. This bold design is reminiscent of a spaceship from the science fiction epic Jupiter Ascending the Wachowsky-siblings. This unique marriage of yacht, submarine and high-tech research lab to be the perfect tool for oceanographers once. In fact, the Sea Orbiter is currently under construction. He should be able to dock in the City of Mériens.