Whenever we think of the future of humanity’s habitat, we seem to be able to think of it as being only off-Earth, in space—on the Moon, and now, Mars.
With low-lying cities, around the world, facing the risk of submergence from rising sea level, it’d make sense to build underwater dwellings. But outside of “Bikini Bottom”—the home of SpongeBob SquarePants and his buddies—aquatic living remains a very alien concept, even spooky.
A Belgium architect, however, has revealed a plan for a cluster of marine eco-villages, which would spiral down from the ocean’s surface to a depth of about 3,200 feet.
Jellyfish-like in appearance, each “oceanscraper” would house up to 20,000 people. Other than living space, the structures would also contain offices, hotels, malls, laboratories, and farms, stacked across 250 floors.
They’d be constructed with recycled plastics, sourced from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.