Ocean Living and Working Concepts

Living on water is a age old dream and it is not limited to the modern approaches shown in the pictures above. Floating houses have existed in Asia especially in Burma and Thailand for centuries and engineers from Germany and Holland have recently built floating homes based on concrete floats which guarantee a maintainance free platform for living on water.
Those floating homes still share a weakness with their futurist cousin Trilobis and common yachts. All of those concepts are susceptible to extreme storm and wave conditions which means they must relay on breakwaters, quiet bays, and similar protected water spaces.
Based on our experience with the concrete submarine yacht, we introduce a new chapter in water living concepts. We suggest to take the floating home concept to the next level and convert the flat concrete raft into a protective concrete sphere that enables your living space to go beneath the waves. Opening the possibility to take living on water to open unprotected waters and hurricane areas.
Living Conditions

On the left side you see the prototype of our concrete submarine hull anchored on its test site. The prototype hull stayed on site for almost a decade starting 1996. We initially expected that we would have to take severe measures to avoid moister build up and condensation. But we where completely surprised how dry and well tempered the ambient inside the hull was under all weather conditions from summer heat of 30 Celsius to winter ice cover on the lake. It turned out that insulation was not necessary as the submerged hull was equally heated or cooled by surrounding water which avoided temperature differences and therefore condensation. At summer heat we found the temperature inside the hull at enjoyable 20Celsius and in winter when temperature outside was minus 15 Celsius we still found a temperature of plus 10 inside the anchored concrete hull. In fact the living conditions inside the hull where so surprisingly fine that we thought immediately of a water living concept having in mind especially the energy benefit this would report due to less heating and cooling needs. Although our hull was made as a weekend submarine yacht in first place - not as a testbed for water living.

What concerns light conditions inside such a habitat, we would like to make clear the point that the light conditions inside such a structure can be VERY good. Just have a closer look to the picture at the right side. The prototype concrete hull had only four small windows of 50cm diameter (suitable for a submarine) the light conditions inside the hull where by far better as they would be inside the belly of a average yacht. A lot of light entered trough the acrylic hatch on top of the hull, but also from the side and front windows. As this light goes trough water before coming into the living space the effect is similar to the "gruta azul" in italia. This could be used in very effective ways for a impressive architectonic ambient.

The experience with the concrete submarine prototype leads us to 2 basic concepts of ocean living - the surface oriented habitat and the deep submerged habitat we will explore below.
Sub-Surface Habitat

Sub-surface habitat is taking the concept of living on water just below the surface to a floating status that is not ON water like Trilobis and concrete float concepts but hanging BELOW surface like the submarine yacht prototype on anchor place (see above). Still getting flooded by sunlight still having the possibility of a extensive deck area for a beach party, but already benefiting from submarine ambient in temperature and safety from waves and storms.

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Deep Sea Habitat

The Deep Sea Habitat is in tradition of Conshelf which was a intent to colonize the ocean and make submarine living and working available for Aquanauts. Other than Conshelf, that was based on saturation diving, the Deep Sea Habitat is a pressure sphere of 6m diameter or more, made from massive concrete, that allows to stay at 1 Atmosphere at a deep sea wreck or investigation sites and deploy ROVS, newt suits, or similar equipment, for working purpose, cutting off the need of a expensive mother ship, saturation diving installations, and endless spooling of cable in storm conditions. This offers a mother ship free working base at very low cost in depth of 1000m and below - a new horizon in salvatage, and investigation.

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Living at Sea a concept with future - see: article at CNN money.com
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