Before now, floating cities, set among the crystalline, aquamarine blue of paradise seas were merely the fantasy of futuristic architects and science fiction writers, but we may now be on the brink of witnessing such dreams begin to come to reality with a venture by a Singapore-based enterprise and the French Polynesian government.
Founded in Singapore, Blue Frontiers has signed a protocol with the Polynesian administration, with the intention of constructing a floating village off the southern Tahitian coast by 2020.
The village will form something of a laboratory, where its technology will be ‘run-in’ to enable the creation of larger, more self-sustaining floating communities in the future. If the experiment proves to be a success, it could pave the way for the construction of full-scale floating cities outside state territorial waters.
The French Polynesian/Singaporean floating settlement will be located inside a protected coral reef-island, at a distance of circa 900 meters from the shoreline and, as one would rightly expect, the village will be inhabited by 200 to 300 residents. Their place of work will be upon 12 water platforms, each the size of a baseball field, connected by pathways, and covering a total area of some 700 square meters
According to experts, the floating village will thrive, thanks to a combination of ecotourism and new water production, growing algae and collecting wave energy, not to mention many potential others as the experiment develops and evolves.