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Japanese Reveal Design For First Underwater City


Roughly 70% of the surface is covered by water.  It only makes sense to try to inhabit some of that area, especially with the world’s population expecting to reach 9.6 billion by the year 2050.  A Japanese architecture company has released its design for what will be the world’s first underwater city.  They hope to start building this project within the next 20 years.

This underwater city would be able to hold 5000 citizens, and the electricity and desalinated water supplies come from the actual city which extends down into the sea.  The goal is essentially to make an off land totally sustainable community.  Who could argue with that idea?

While we may not see this 26 billion dollar project come to life overnight, this is one of the coolest concepts out there.

The project’s officials are looking forward to securing funding from private industry and the government as it’s also supported by experts from Tokyo University.

Masaki Takeuchi, the manager of the project reportedly said to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper:

“It would be great if research institutions and governments become interested in our project.”


The 3 Parts of Ocean Spiral:

  1. The first part is the floating surface, which will be topped by a 500-meter sphere.
  2. According to the blueprint, the central part is a spiral 15km long with room for business zones, apartments, residential areas and hotel rooms for 5000 people.
  3. At the very bottom at about 3000 to 4000 thousand meters under the sea the spiral will be linked to an “earth-factory” – a research center for
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