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Sub Biosphere 2: A Self-Sustaining Underwater City

by , 06/16/10

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Biosphere 2 never lasted too long, but there were certainly many lessons to be learned about living self-sufficiently, and even sustainably. UK-based designer Phil Pauley envisions another biosphere set in the ocean that would create a self-sustaining underwater habitat for aquanauts, tourists, and oceanographic life sciences. Made up of submersible spheres, Sub Biosphere 2 would maintain and support life while acting as a secure underwater seed bank.

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Pauley’s unique underwater habitat is designed to sustain all of its life support systems — air, water, food, electricity, and other resources — through an “innovative control of variant atmospheric pressures that occur at depth.” Eight living biomes surround a larger central biome that contains all of the control equipment, while the smaller biomes contain spaces where people live, grow food and more.

The large self-sustaining system can float on top of the water or submerge and travel along rails all the way to the ocean floor. Besides supporting and growing life, the biosphere also serves as a seed bank. Sub Biosphere 2 was designed by Phil Pauley and visualised by Pauley Interactive.

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6 Comments

  1. Ryo May 24, 2012 at 3:06 am

    wew,almost exactly my design

  2. bong October 30, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    reminds me of SeaLab a cartoon from decades ago.
    Similar design.

  3. nhoj01 April 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I drew plans for an underwater base/home… not quite as big but could be a good proto type for that… houses 2-3 people, and has unlimited air, freshwater, energy, and food! crazy part is…im only 12!

  4. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... April 5, 2011 at 9:43 am

    wow

  5. Saudi Biome Concept Cou... October 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    [...] Eden Project in Cornwall, meaning that if plans are approved, it would be the world’s largest biosphere. In addition to the waterfall and aquarium, the dome will house eating areas, a hotel, apartments, [...]

  6. mprather June 16, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I bet it would be great during an oil spill…

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