Futuristic portrayals of life and community almost always show scenes of humans living underwater. It isn’t an overstatement when we hear great minds talk about how little we know about our oceans and compare it to the vast understanding we have of the surface of our moon. Here at Kenny Slaught’s blog, we like to explore the way architecture goes beyond the limits of human wonder and push boundaries even further that we ever thought possible. Today we take a look at one of the last realms within our planet that we have yet to fully tame and explore, the ocean. Living underwater, or at least attempting to dwell under the ocean for large periods of time has always been a challenge to those seeking to innovate and refuse to let the current limitations of our technology put a stop to their dreams. Here we take a look at some amazing examples of what underwater architecture has reached so far, and where it wants to go very soon.
Water Discus Hotel – Dubai
The Water Discus Hotel is a project by a company called Deep Ocean Technology. The plan is to build a hotel comprised of two large discs, one above the waters and one underneath. Even though this is not a new concept, this is the first time that it has been taken to such level of beauty, engineering, and careful planning. The hotel is said to integrate its surroundings into creating a true habitat that uses climate, geographical conditions, and its own design to give occupants an experience like no other. This may be the breakthrough mankind has been waiting for in order to move on to conquer the frontier that is the ocean.
Red Sea Star Restaurant – Israel
The Red Sea Restaurant was a restaurant in Israel that was built completely underwater. Visitors would walk a bridge and then descent through a stairwell in order to come inside the dining area. The restaurant closed down and it became a establishment for erotic dancers called Nymphas Show Bar. The reason why the business closed down is also unknown but the location became famous a few years back when a marine biologist and scuba diver found it in one of his adventures and took some pictures that became an Internet sensation.
Underwater Museum – Cancun
The Cancun Underwater Museum is not a building per se, but it is a space underwater with more than 400 sculptures located on the seafloor available for visitors to submerge and see. The concept is interesting, to say the least, because even though this is not a “dry” location like most of these underwater architectural creations; it does pose a question over how we should interact with buildings and spaces located underwater.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – Maldives
This restaurant was built in Singapore and later transported to its final destination where it opened in 2005. The place has a capacity for 14 people and is submerged 16 feet underwater. Ithaa has been named in several occasions the most beautiful restaurant in the whole world and this is no exaggeration. The view is unmatched and the food it is said to be sublime. This was a concept that was completed more than 12 years ago; imagine what is to come next.
Poseidon Undersea Resort – Fiji
Poseidon was conceived and developed by L. Bruce Jones, president of U.S. Submarines, Inc. and it is said to be the first ever he world’s first permanent one-atmosphere sea floor structure. The hotel is set to have 25 suites, a restaurant, bar, gym and a small chapel for those want to get married here: however, it seems like the hotel is far from finished and after 15 years in the making, some are skeptical that the doors will ever open to the public.
Aquarius Reef Base – Florida Keys
The Aquarius Reef Base is an underwater laboratory off the coast of Florida that was built back in the 80’s. The structure may be a bit outdated but its contributions to science are immense. Part of the design was done in a way that divers could remain underwater for extended periods of time without having to decompress after each dive, something that saves a great deal of time and money and is also a lot safer for the occupants of the lab.
Jules Undersea Lodge – Key West
Another unique hotel located in the United States and completely underwater, something that makes it necessary for occupants to be fully scuba certified in order to use the services provided. The underwater lodge has a team of experts that work around the clock to provide guests with a fantastic experience. It is worth noting that the lodge also works as man-made coral reef, becoming the home of many marine species.
Sea.Fire.Salt.Sky. Restaurant – Maldives
This restaurant is a true work of art. Made up of four different floors representing the elements, this beautiful construction is the perfect example of the beauty that can be achieved when architecture, art and the natural world come together in perfect harmony.