In an incredible manta ray-shaped floating city designed to circumnavigate the world and launch submarines

REVOLUTIONARY designs for a floating city that could house thousands of people have been released.

The manta-ray-shaped ship City of Meriens may look like something straight out of a sci-fi movie – but plans indicate it could set sail shortly.

The city of Meriens, designed by architect Jacques Rougerie, could be operational by 2050

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The city of Meriens, designed by architect Jacques Rougerie, could be operational by 2050Credit: SeaOrbiter/Jacques Rougerie
It was planned with the intention of supporting researchers and academics studying marine biology

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It was planned with the intention of supporting researchers and academics studying marine biologyCredit: SeaOrbiter/Jacques Rougerie

It will host up to 7,000 people with a wealth of research and science facilities while roaming the open sea – perfect for sea lovers.

French architect Jacques Rougerie told Weather.com, “Considering the scale and size of the international scientific community – 7,000 people spread throughout the structure – I designed the city of Mériens in the shape of a manta ray because it was the best design around.” to accommodate such a community.”

It is designed for researchers, academics, and students interested in exploring marine life.

The ambitious architect explained that the ‘city’ would welcome people from all over the world and be governed by United Nations standards.

“It would revolutionize the world of underwater studies as people would have constant contact with the ocean as well as direct access to the underwater world since part of the city is completely submerged,” Rougerie added.

When completed, it will have an overall length of 900 meters and a width of 500 meters and will accommodate research vessels of up to 90 meters in length inside.

Lecture halls, classrooms, laboratories, living areas, cultural recreation and sports zones are planned.

Rougerie has also taken care of the environment and has opted for renewable ocean energy with the principles of sustainable development.

He has developed a concept that includes a zero waste program and at the end of the manta ray “wings” the ship has access to canal and hydroponic greenhouses.

The city of Meriens will be under the auspices of UNESCO through the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

Rougerie began planning its bionic and biomimetic concept 13 years ago and is confident it could be operational by 2050.

This comes as plans for another underwater city off the coast of China have also been released.

Information was first released in 2015 by design agency AT Design Office, which is expected to be built in Dawan District in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau.

Basically, the city would consist of a prefabricated concrete body 150 meters long and 30 meters wide.

The floating city, built far from the mainland, has a cruise terminal for large cruise ships, a marina for small yachts, and a dock for civilian submarines.

Water and underwater highways would connect the various pods on the floating city.

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Similar concepts have also been developed in the Maldives, where 5,000 homes have been integrated into plans for a floating community.

Up to 20,000 people could be accommodated there, with access to hotels, bars and shops.

It could accommodate up to 7,000 people and offered a wealth of research facilities

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It could accommodate up to 7,000 people and offered a wealth of research facilitiesCredit: SeaOrbiter/Jacques Rougerie

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