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Project Utopia: A Floating Island Paradise at Sea
Posted By Lori Zimmer On September 25, 2011 @ 1:24 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Floating Houses,News | 5 Comments
Yacht Island recently unveiled plans for a floating eco-paradise capable of charting the seven seas. Dubbed Project Utopia, the vessel was designed in conjunction with BMT Nigel Gee, to serve as an off-grid destination spot. The sturdy structure hosts a miniature floating city complete with retail shops, restaurants and hotels.
Project Utopia is similar in size to a commercial cruise liner and is big enough to host a small population. The “island ” is circular in shape, measures 330 feet in diameter, and spans 11 decks of living space. The top decks are covered with a glass canopy , which allows sunlight to filter into the interior. The glass canopy can also be opened when the weather permits, providing fresh air to the top floors. When open, the top floor acts as an outdoor pool deck , complete with central swimming area.
The vessel  remains stable in choppy waters, thanks to four platform legs that anchor it into place, even during extreme conditions. Each leg has a propeller that allows the island to move at slow speeds in a steady manner.
Four helicopter pads provide access to the island  via air, and wet docks house boats  and jet skis for recreational use. The interior hosts a retail area, a theater, a restaurant area, bars, nightclubs and a casino. An observation deck perched in the crow’s nest area offers guests a 360 degree view at 65 meters above the sea.
Although still in the concept phase, the British company is moving forward, offering several luxury yacht island design concepts.
Via Dvice 
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URLs in this post:
 island: http://inhabitat.com/whale-shaped-floating-garden-cleans-the-worlds-rivers/
 canopy: http://inhabitat.com/shanghais-stunning-sun-valley-pavilion-boasts-the-worlds-largest-membrane-roof/
 vessel: http://inhabitat.com/last-surviving-ellis-island-ferry-transformed-into-a-floating-home/
 island: http://inhabitat.com/planetsolar-the-worlds-largest-solar-powered-boat-docks-in-hong-kong/
 boats: http://inhabitat.com/take-your-next-vacation-in-a-floating-off-grid-solarhome/
 island : http://inhabitat.com/gigantic-airship-hangar-transformed-into-tropical-island-resort/
 + Yacht Island Designs: http://www.yachtislanddesign.com
 Dvice: http://dvice.com/archives/2011/09/floating-island.php
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