AZ Island

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The company Alstom Marine and architect Jean-Philippe Zoppini are working together on an ambitious futuristic project: AZ Island. This titanic project for a high-tech, artificial island capable of movement was thought up by architect Jean-Philippe Zopponi. In 1981, he had already imagined “Isula”, a luxury floating city.

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Star Wars-Inspired Marine Research Facility

Is it out of space? No, it’s a Mellard pod on the futuristic aquatic research station!

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Star Wars inspiration and biomimicry combine for the design of the Facility at Sea, a sustainable marine research platform and feat of offshore building engineering. The concept came together in an architecture studio at the University of Texas, which evaluated potential applications of the soaring structural designs of Star Wars for a marine research facility. Designer Jason Mellard took further inspiration from the engineering acumen of Santiago Calatrava and present-day offshore oil platforms.

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