A French architect is designing the world’s first international university in the middle of the sea

French architect, Jacques Rougerie, has designed the world’s first floating scientific city to house 7,000 international researchers, teachers and students in the middle of the sea.

The “City of Meriens” is a bionic concept of an international oceanographic university dedicated to the observation and analysis of marine biodiversity.

In an interview with the radio station French Inter, Rougerie described himself as “mérien” — which translates to “one belonging to the sea”.

“I feel very, very good underwater. I feel different. Another type of imagination is awakened in me as soon as I am underwater.”

The self-sustaining research centre will be 900 metres long and 500 metres wide, with classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, living quarters and even sporting and leisure zones.

In addition, the “university city” is designed to be completely sustainable with plans to run on renewable marine energy with zero waste production. Its design will cater to interior lagoon research vessels conducting oceanographic research including Rougerie’s ocean skyscraper SeaOrbiters.

Rougerie’s other brainchild, the SeaOrbiter — a futuristic marine vessel designed to be the first vertical ship to navigate the world’s oceans — is already under construction.

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