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Underwater, At Home

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Scientists say that if the sea levels rise even a few inches, vast swaths of heavily populated coastal land could be submerged. But with the new Trilobis 65 semi-submerged dwelling environment, you don't have to worry about where you will live if your town ends up underwater.

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Designed by Italian naval architect Giancarlo Zema, the Trilobis 65 is designed to allow anyone (well, up to six people) to live in a self-sufficient, non-polluting dwelling that is essentially underwater. The project title, Trilobiti, refers to little creatures that lived in the sea 500 million years ago, supporting the designer's point of view of living organically in harmony with the surrounding oceanic environment.

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Reaching up to 20 meters in length, the Trilobis 65 has four separate levels, all connected by a spiraling staircase. Although at first glance alarmingly futuristic, the circular 'flying saucer' design of the Trilobis 65 is actually a practical feature that serves to maximize the available living space as well as the boat-home's energy efficiency. After all, what's the use of architectural superiority if it doesn't come in an eco-friendly design?

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The need to maximize space in a home that's partially underwater is also evident in the Trilobis' four-tiered design. The top level is above water (with an outdoor deck for the claustrophobic); the second level, the daylight zone, is where most of the activities of daily living occur; the semi-submerged third level, is primarily intended for sleeping; and the bottom level is a completely submerged underwater observation bulb. A unique feature to ANY boat, let alone a floating home, the observation bulb also comes equipped with powerful searchlights that let you view the ocean floor no matter what the time of day.

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In addition to looking extraordinarily cool (Look mom! The living room's underwater!) the Trilobis 65 is engineered to reflect the dirty little secret of many luxury yachts: they rarely leave the harbor. Consequently, the Trilobis 65 has been designed with a special type of marina, one that will allow up to six yachts to connect at once. Theoretically you'll be able to walk across the marina and invite the couple in the other Trilobis 65 over for dinner.

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Powered by hydrogen fuel cells, and electric motors, the Trilobis also boasts electrically charged photovoltaic glass that changes the tint of the window according to the owner's whim. Add to that solar, wind, and diesel fueling options, you'll be set to survive the storm-tossed waters of any future Waterworld scenario. In style.

 

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  • megan

    May 30, 2008

    ooh can i drive there on my future eco-friendly car??

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