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‘Utopian’ floating city that shows promises of future life at sea

Published On: Mon, Sep 26th, 2011 | Archaeology | By BioNews

A British company has unveiled a graphic of a floating island that could be the future of life at the sea.

The design, called ‘Project Utopia’, comes with 11 accommodation decks and four helipads, designed to move on four platforms, each with thrusters to keep it stable.

The structure of the island, which was designed by BMT Nigel Gee, of Southampton, does not fit the mould of a yacht, rather it looks more like a city.

The island, which can move ‘at slow speeds’, stretches 65m above the sea’s surface, providing visitors to the 13th floor observation deck with panoramic views.

Yacht Design Director James Roy believes that it can challenge the preconceptions of traditional naval architecture.

“Visions of the future are often constrained by familiarity with the present or a reflection on the past,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

“Much is made in today’s design community of starting with a blank sheet of paper yet many, if not all yacht concepts revert back to the traditional form.

“Because of the perception that a yacht should be a form of transport it becomes an immediate design constraint.

“Utopia is not an object to travel in, it is a place to be, an island established for anyone who has the vision to create such a place,” he added.

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