The Gyre, A Deepscraper

Gyre from Ziglio

Zigloo Designs proposes the Gyre, a structure part ocean research laboratory, port, sky-scraper, hotel, resort. Reaching depths of 400m, Gyre would reach into the depths of the sea the equivalent of the Empire State Buildings height.  The “deepscraper” would possess a small carbon footprint. “Its unique design permits the simultaneous application of wind, solar, and tidal energy generation technologies thereby making it truly ‘off-grid’.” The radial arms, containing both a pedestrian promenade and a transit system, would form a protected inner harbor large enough to accommodate multiple large ships.

Gyre by Zigloo

But the intent for the deepest portion of the Gyre is what captures my attention.  “The deepest levels are dedicated to a scientific observatory for oceanographic research and an Interpretive Center for public discovery of the depths of the ocean.”  Add a seedy Irish pub and a large stock of Guinness to the lower levels and the DSN crew will wholly endorse this project.

Gyre by Zigloo

Dr. M (1618 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.





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5 comments on “The Gyre, A Deepscraper
  1. Guinness? No way, they’d lower down Kelpie.

    But – omg – so much square footage for the generation of fouling communities for study. Oh, the experiments that could be done…

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