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Sunday, January 29, 2017

AEQUOREA: World’s First Underwater Village Revealed!

The Earth’s surface is composed of 71% water but still, humans prefer to live on land.

If you have given a chance to live in an eco-friendly underwater village, where everything you have needed is there, would you grab this opportunity?

But, is it even possible?

The answer is YES!

Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut makes this dream possible for everyone.

Jellyfish-like structure of the Aequorea village. Image credit: Vincent Callebaut

Callebaut has revealed his futuristic plans for the world's first underwater skyscrapers, where everything is located underneath the waves.

The Oceansccrapers. Image credit: Vincent Callebaut

‘Aequorea’ is a city made from ‘oceanscrapers’, towering glass structures, which reach down as far as a thousand meters deep and each structure can accommodate up to 20,000 people.

One of the entrance of the eco-village. Image credit: Vincent Callebaut

Each inverted oceanscraper is made from algae and rubbish, has 250 floors and is half a kilometer wide.

The entrance and docks are from the top and the spiral design is a perfect replica of the jellyfish.

The buildings would be made of recycled plastics gathered from the 5 oceans and garbage patches. Image credit: Vincent Callebaut

The actual buildings would be made from recycled plastics. It also includes practical living spaces like homes, office, hotels, orchards, farms, sports fields and pretty much anything you might find on land. 
The Solar Dome. Image credit: Vincent Callebaut

As a means of solution to decrease carbon footprint, Callebaut says that the eco-friendly structure do not require dangerous fossil fuels as they produce their own energy and heat.

Aside from that, fresh drinking water is also produced by a power plant, which uses the in-depth pressure to counteract osmotic pressure and separate the water from salt.

In addition, air is naturally renewed by convection through wind chimneys found in the tower or by an oxygen station.

On the other hand, residents and workers could get light from bioluminescence and microalgae would work to recycle organic waste.

The Floating Food Garden and The Bio-Marina. Image credit: Vincent Callebaut

Callebaut said food source for the people living inside this eco-village will be coral reefs and farming fields.

 Fruits and vegetable can be grown inside the eco-village and fishing in the ocean is also possible, he said.

The Orchard. Image credit: Vincent Callebaut

The underwater life can go on as usual and they would be some spectacular views too, looking out into the deep sea.

It may take a year or even a decade for this underwater eco-village to become a reality, but someday, it will be. Nothing is impossible now especially with our modern technology, unending curiosity and eternal imagination.

The Underwater Loft and Its Coral Garden. Image credit: Vincent Callebaut

People are already fond of different underwater attractions, from underwater reefs to underwater museums to underwater hotels; these are once-in-a-lifetime travel for all of us.

So, how about waking up in an underwater village for a change? Want to try?

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