Gallery: Star Wars-Inspired Marine Research Facility


Star Wars inspiration and biomimicry combine for the design of the Facility at Sea, a sustainable marine research platform and feat of offshore building engineering. The concept came together in an architecture studio at the University of Texas, which evaluated potential applications of the soaring structural designs of Star Wars for a marine research facility. Designer Jason Mellard took further inspiration from the engineering acumen of Santiago Calatrava and present-day offshore oil platforms.

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  1. Bucky's Revenge December 8, 2007 at 5:45 am

    Well it’s nice that nearly a century after a centrally cored dwelling/facility such as this was proposed (and I might add thought out much better by the TRUE originator!) that academia finally took notice of the idea. I’m sure Bucky fuller will be happy to know that other people are yet again being praised for HIS originallity. Oh yeah and the way they are proposing to do this is just a bit beyond unrealistic. Bucky at least thought his stuff out. For those of you that want a blue print to sustainable and sane living I would recommend perusing the works of R. Buckminster Fuller rather than the charlattans and pie in the sky ivory tower elitists that are all the rage among The eco aristocracy these days.

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  3. Kevin Doan November 30, 2007 at 1:38 am

    Its a fanstatic Design. May be its good in the near future when we have a Fly Car and we could be there for weekend. Imagine…

  4. Brian November 29, 2007 at 8:39 am

    This is nothing more than a pretty picture. You couldn’t even seal these contraptions against the wind much less take them under water. They couldn’t even open in the first place the way they’re drawn. The vertical tracks would be instantly clogged by sea life and mineral deposits. This “designer” obviously doesn’t even have a clue how he would generate power using ocean currents.

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  7. Jon November 28, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    With global warming, we will already have our own Kamino… lol

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