Floating university design revealed


French architect, Jacques Rougerie, has designed a floating scientific city which could be home to 7,000 researchers, teachers and students.

The “City of Meriens”- which means “belonging to the sea” –  is intended as an international oceanographic university dedicated to the observation and analysis of marine biodiversity.

Rougerie said: “I feel very, very good underwater. I feel different. Another type of imagination is awakened in me as soon as I am underwater.”


The self-sustaining research centre will be 900m long and 500m wide, with classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, living quarters and even sporting and leisure zones.

In addition, the “university city” is designed to be completely sustainable with plans to run on renewable marine energy with zero waste production.

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