So you thought you’ve seen it all in Chinese architectural achievements, did you not?
Here’s a new hit: AT Design Office just revealed their renderings of a future “Floating City” in China, as commissioned by the China Communications Construction Company.
The “Floating City” is built at sea (both above sea level and underwater), made up of prefabricated modular parts and includes a peri-urban farm house, a hatchery, a garbage recycling center, a hotel, an entertainment complex, two green belts for recreation (both upper and underwater), vertical gardens and a cruise dock. Of course, traffic is made exclusively by electric cars and…submarines!
In the designers’ words: “The floating city has a perfect internal and external traffic system, linking it within but also with the outside world. A cruise dock serves giant ships, a yacht dock serves private vessels and civilian submarine traffic. Submarines and electric vehicles are the main means of transport on the island – keeping the island free from air pollution and congestion caused by automobiles.”
The city is imagined as “a possible eco-friendly city expansion alternative to continuing on land. With the amount of pollution, deforestation, and other detrimental environmental impacts that are a part of our current city development system, the Floating City was created as an attempt to minimize our carbon footprint for a sustainable future.”
Although based on an existing technique that is already used to building a 31-mile bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau, and Zhuhai, set to open in 2015, the construction of the floating city still seems a bit far-fetched.
According to its creators, the proposal is now being reviewed by one of China’s largest property investors, and they hope to start working on the project next year. We shall see if this is the Atlantis of the future or not.
See more images on Dezeen.
With land space in China becoming scarce, everyone might move at sea after all.
By Andreea Dragut
[Images via Dezeen]