Architect Vincent Callebaut reveals underwater “Oceanscrapers”

As a distinct contrast to high-rise developments, Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut is looking downwards – towards the ocean depths.

The designer – who specialises in eco-friendly projects – who released a series of futuristic l drawings showing what sustainable, floating cities composed of “oceanscrapers” off the coast of South America could look like.

His concept is for 3D-printed villages which would use water turbines on the ocean floor to capture energy, bioreactors to recycle organic waste, and biofuel production to neutralise ocean acidification.

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Each inverted skyscraper has 250 floors and is half a kilometre wide. It has a jellyfish-like structure with the entrance on the surface.

Fresh drinking water will be produced by a power plant using water pressure to separate out the salt, and oxygen will be renewed through chimneys in the tower.

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“The people of the seas’ objective? To explore the abyssal zones in a respectful way, in order to speed innovation and to democratize new renewable energies — by definition inexhaustible — massively,” Callebaut said in a statement.

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