The futuristic BIODIVER[CITY] is a floating man-made island that doubles as a marine life-fostering artificial reef. The massive faux-reef invites visitors to observe marine ecosystems from the surface to the ocean floor. Designed by the French and Romanian architectural team of Quentin Perchet, Thomas Yvon and Zarko Uzlac, the floating reef has been honored as one of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation’s International Architecture Competition laureates.
BIODIVER[CITY] would function both like marine life reserve, and an educational center for the public where visitors could experience first-hand the rich biodiversity of the ocean. The designers are dubbing the project a “zoo,” but the animals in question would not be in captivity. Instead, the structure would foster natural marine life, enabling nature to flourish at its own pace.
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Visitors can access the floating platform island by boat, where rotating exhibitions and concessions will be housed on three floors above water. Plunging into the ocean, BIODIVER[CITY] will include a submarine tunnel shaped like a vortex, that will reveal layers of marine life as visitors descend through the structure. At the upper level, visitors will experience animals like whales and dolphins. Lower submerged platforms will put visitors face to face with fish, coral and other reef-dwelling mircro organisms. The architects designed BIODIVER[CITY] to delve even deeper to hopefully give visitors a rare up-close look at creatures dwelling at the bottom of the sea.
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