Underwater skyscraper doomsday-proof

16:14, March 15, 2010      

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A revolutionary design for a self-sustaining "underwater skyscraper" made a huge splash at the eVolo 2010 Skyscraper Competition held recently in New York, German media reported on March 13.

The building, designed by Sarly Adre Bin Sarkum from Malaysia, would float in the sea, just like a huge octopus, and most of its body would be submerged under the water. The surface of the building is a verdant mini-forest, while the middle part is apartments and offices and a set of squid-like tentacles are fixed in the bottom.

These tentacles have three important functions. First, they are moved by the sea tides, producing energy which is accumulated. Second, the building is kept upright stable by the ballasts system.Third, they can also provide many places for fauna to live in a compact community.

It is called an "oasis in the sea" that is self-sufficient and has no garbage discharging. Many in the media even call it the "Noah's Ark" which can help us to escape from the doomsday.

By People's Daily Online
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