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Fascinating floating city shaped like a manta ray would be 100% self-sustaining

by , 08/02/15

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French architect Jacques Rougerie has envisioned a giant floating city which bears a striking resemblance to a manta ray. He discusses his love for the ocean in an interview, where he calls himself a “mérien,” a term he coined which translates to “one belonging to the sea.” His dream is for likeminded individuals to populate his City of Mériens, to conduct research on the surrounding ocean.

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Rougerie is no stranger to aquatic design. His SeaOrbiter vessel is currently in production, and is planned to make visits to the City of Mériens via its large inner lagoon. The 3,000 foot by 1,600 foot structure can house 7,000 researchers, professors, and students and will be equipped with laboratories, classrooms, living quarters, and space for leisure activities and sports.

Related: The SeaOrbiter futuristic marine research vessel just reached its crowdfunding goal, set to begin construction

The city would be completely self-sustaining, as well, running on marine energy and producing no waste whatsoever. If the idea of a structure dedicated to understanding and caring for the oceanic environment isn’t enough, the fact that it is designed to have low to no impact on said environment is even more exciting.

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Rougerie describes his love for the sea in an interview with the radio station French Inter: “I feel very, very good underwater. I feel different. Another type of imagination is awakened in me as soon as I am underwater.” It is his hope others who share this awe and reverence will continue to study and protect Earth’s precious seas.

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11 of the world’s best new skyscrapers

11 of the world’s best new skyscrapers 

SEPTEMBER 19, 2013

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China builds a luxury ‘groundscraper’ hotel in old quarry

China builds a luxury ‘groundscraper’ hotel in old quarry

Published April 12, 2012

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    Surrounding cliffs will be given over to bungee jumping and rockclimbing. (Shanghai Shimao Property Group/ Atkins)

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    The InterContinental Shimao Wonderland is expected to open in late 2014 or early 2015. (Shanghai Shimao Property Group/ Atkins)

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    A large-scale theme park is planned as part of the wonderland complex. (Shanghai Shimao Property Group/ Atkins)

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    The Intercontinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland (Shanghai Shimao Property Group/ Atkins)

Would you spend upwards of $300 to stay in a hotel resort more than 300 feet below the Earth’s surface?

Construction began last month on Shanghai’s first “groundscraper”, soon to be the InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland, a 19-story, 380-room luxury hotel and theme park, reports Smart Planet.

The building, being built in an abandoned quarry at an expected cost of some $555 million, is an engineering feat designed by U.K.-based engineering firm Atkins, the company behind the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.  According to the developers, the hotel will be grafted onto the side of the quarry, where three floors will be resting above ground on the crater, and another 16 floors will be underground. A massive 190-feet tall glass curtain wall that is designed to mimic a waterfall will cascade down the rockface, reports CNN.

Below the surface the resort will have restaurants, luxury hotel rooms, spa services, an underwater restaurant, an athletic complex for water sports and a 32-feet deep aquarium.

Above ground, guests will be able to use the quarry’s cliffs for extreme sports like bungee jumping and rock climbing.

The hotel is due to open in late 2014 or early 2015, and rooms is expected to run at a rate of $320 per night.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/04/12/china-builds-underground-luxury-hotel/?intcmp=trending#ixzz2dgA5jnNB

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China’s new doughnut-shaped hotel

A look at China’s new doughnut-shaped hotel

Published July 23, 2013

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It’s the newest concept building to mark China’s skyline.

Following the opening of the world’s largest building where the sun shines 24/7, and the construction of a five-star ‘groundscaping’ hotel built into a former mine, this hotel has a unique shape all its own: a glowing doughnut.

Officially known as Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, this 27-story building is located in the city of Huzhou, near Shanghai.  Designed by Beijing-born architect Ma Yansong, the hotel appears to give off the appearance of a horseshoe, though the bottom ends are connected by two underground floors.

According to Sheraton’s website, the resort offers 321 spacious guest rooms, including 44 suites and 39 villas, all with private balconies.  The opulent lobby has 20,000 Swarovski and European natural crystal lamps on its ceiling which are arranged in a wave-like formation, and the  floor is paved with Afghanistan White Jade and Tiger’s Eye Stone from Brazil.

The hotel also features the company’s “Shine Spa for Sheraton,” with facilities including a steam room, saunas, and a hydrotherapy pool in each locker room.  For dining options, guests can choose from three restaurants and two lounges for an array of domestic and international food.

Currently in a soft-open phase, the hotel will officially open to the public in October 2013, and rooms are expected to cost about $400 per night.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/07/23/donut-shaped-hotel/?intcmp=features#ixzz2aJnx2Q7m

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10th Century Chand Baori, India Well is Amazing!

An Amazing Well with 13 floors and 3500 steps

Chand Baori stepwell in India

Chand Baori, in the village of Abhaneri near Bandikui, Rajasthan. Stepwells, also called bawdi or baoli are in essence wells in which the water can be reached by descending a set of steps. They may be covered and protected, and are often of architectural significance. Chand Baori well is 30 meters deep, it has 13 floors and 3,500 steps.

Chand Baori stepwell in India

Built back in the 10th century, the incredible well of Chand Baori, India was a practical solution to the water problem in the area. The arid climate forced the locals to dig deep for a dependable water source, one that would last throughout an entire year. Legends say that ghosts build it in one night and that it has so many steps to make it impossible for someone to retrieve a coin once it’s been dropped in the well.

Chand Baori stepwell in India

Chand Baori stepwell in India

Chand Baori stepwell in India

Chand Baori stepwell in India

Chand Baori stepwell in India

Chand Baori stepwell in India

Chand Baori stepwell in India

Chand Baori stepwell in India

Chand Baori stepwell in India

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Abandoned Yugoslavian Monuments

Abandoned Yugoslavian Monuments by Jan Kempenaers

While Yugoslavia has long since dissolved, abandoned monuments remain that recall the nation’s glory in the second world war.  Photographer Jan Kempenaers has traveled throughout the Balkans to photograph these wild, strange structures that have lost much of their cultural relevance.  In various states of disrepair, these monuments (some buildings, other sculptures) represent an era of modern and brutalist architecture that defined this time period in the socialist East.  Today, they appear alien, odd and empty, stark reminders of a struggle long since forgotten by a nation that no longer exists.  A coffee table book with the full collection of Kempenaers photographs and commentary is available on Amazon for $42. [via cracktwo and theawesomer]

Abandoned Yugoslavian Monuments Gallery

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