Imagine you’re taking a nice stroll on a cool summer day along the water in Battery Park watching tourists pose with the Statue of Liberty and the slew of joggers getting their daily dose of cardio. As you look towards the water, you see the iconic New York landmark staples and take in Staten Island from afar. All of a sudden deep in the water you see what can only be billed as a “sea tree”. You may ask, “what the heck is a ‘sea tree’?” Well, Dutch architectural firm, Waterstudio, is labeling these bad boys as floating ecosystems smack dab in the middle of a body of water.
Waterstudio is in the midst of creating these breathtaking offshore eco-systems akin to oil rigs. The whole point of “sea trees” is to create a beautiful living space for animals, underwater and above-ground, to set up shop and revel in a pristine untainted habitat. These architectural jaw-droppers are ambitious, but totally doable and AWESOME! Waterstudio fully believes that they can build these eco-structures planning on dropping them in heavily-populated urban areas like New York City.
Using off-shore drilling structures as the basic foundation and inspiration for the construction of the “sea trees,” Waterstudio is in the works of putting these puppies into action. Each structure is estimated to cost 4.5 million dollars depending on space, size, depth of water, and a multitude of architectural logistics. “Sea trees” could definitely be the future of architecture and design creating a man-made jungle on the watery outskirts urban jungles. Next, we will all be gallivanting on these eco-friendly monuments a la “Avatar”. Sharpen your machete, put on your Indiana Jones fedora, and get ready for the future of sustainable living!