Sometimes architecture can create much more than a roof over your head and this five-level, floating dwelling for six people is a perfect example of how a living space can define a new kind of living.
Jelly-fish 45 is 9 metres wide, 15 metres high and its living areas above and below the sea include and upper level study (5.6 metres above sea level), a day-time deck containing kitchen and bathrooms, a semi-submerged guest room and an underwater observation globe (3 metres below sea level).
Built for use in atolls, sea parks and sheltered bays, ideally rich in undersea life, the superstructure is constructed from fibreglass-reinforced plastic and the undersea globe is high-strength polycarbonate.
Manufactured by Canadian underwater vehicle specialists UVI, Jelly-fish 45 is among the futuristic designs by Giancarlo Zema - follow the links below or see
(story numbers 1607 and 1575) for more on these projects.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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