Giant Floating Tower Is an Offshore Home for Urban Animals

© Waterstudio.NL

Those animals living in big cities can have a hard time of it, fighting with humans and urban structures for space and resources. To give them a break, architecture firm Waterstudio.NL has designed a fanciful, eye-catching solution. The Sea Tree is a floating tower habitat for birds, bees, bats and fish and closed to humans, to be built outside urban centers.

© Waterstudio.NL

The Sea Tree, which Waterstudio.NL leader Koen Olthuis has announced for January 2014 for a non-disclosed client, will be moored to the seabed by underwater cables. Its levels will be covered in greenery; its inner, central open area will be fit for bats and its underwater section could house an artificial reef.

Olthuis calls it a "scarless floating development," as it doesn't take up any land space. He presents it as a potential way for corporations to improve their public image:

The idea is that large oil companies donate a sea tree to a city showing their concern for a better city environment by using their own intellectual property.

© Waterstudio.NL

Waterstudio.NL only designs floating structures, and they're not always environmentally focused. But unlike the $500 million floating golf course announced for the Maldives, the Sea Tree will benefit natural ecosystems. While I think it's fantastic in renderings, I wonder if it will ever be built, and how practical a solution it really is.

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