Living underwater is something that many people have come across thanks to its futuristic portrayal in fiction, movies and video games. Being able to see the beauty of the oceans, surrounded by astounding marine life, is something that might seem impossible for most but the truth is that there are many underwater structures around the world that offer the ability to live, dine or learn, while submerged in the sea.
Over the past century, the advances in engineering and technology have meant that architecture has been able to become even more complex and spectacular than ever before. This means that designers and architects can now come up with extraordinary ideas and execute them, something that would not have been possible until very recently. Another consequence of this is that it is now possible to construct huge structures and impressive facilities in places that have generally been considered inhospitable, such as with underwater buildings.
Of course, underwater structures also come with their own unique challenges. Engineers and architects have to think of ways to solve problems such as possible leaks or damage that could occur due to accidents or natural disasters. They also have to design clever ways of supplying the structures with power and other amenities, as well as solving problems that come with constructing something to withstand the pressure of being surrounded by water. However, the successful underwater structures are just made all the more impressive by the knowledge that these types of hurdles have had to be overcome. This article will look at such buildings and structures, that have defeated those obstacles and ended up being unbelievable feats of construction.
9 Red Sea Star Restaurant / Nymphas Show Bar
8 Jules’ Undersea Lodge
7 Poseidon Undersea Resort
6 Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
5 Aquarius Reef Base
4 Cancun Underwater Museum
3 Sea.Fire.Salt.Sky. Restaurant
2 Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
MarineLab is essentially a large underwater facility that acts as a research center for scientists, as well as a classroom for students and teachers. It has been in operation since 1984, making it the longest serving underwater habitat and is located near Jules’ Undersea Lodge. It is in almost continuous use thanks to the fact it can support a small number of people for extended periods and because of its extensive features, such as a wet-room, observation sphere and laboratory. This makes the 30-foot deep structure perfect for educational and research purposes and it has been used by organizations such as NASA in the past.
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