Floating Cities Are Becoming a Possibility
The Manned Cloud is yet another attempt at a giant airship. Opting this time to fill it with Helium (smart move), Massaud Studio has created the concept in cooperation with the centre of French aerospace research (ONERA). The giant blimp is a floating 60 room luxury hotel that would take travelers around the world on 3-day cruises. While these are obviously renderings of the ship, the Manned Cloud is going to be produced for real and should take to the skies (and lots of money from your pocket) soon.
capture003.pngIt is not an alien space-whale coming to eat all our birds and fish. It is a floating hotel, designed by Jean Marie Massaud. [Flotel?]
With room for up to 40 guests, the “Manned Cloud” is a proper thing that’s going to get made – not just your usual concept nonsense. French national aerospace research lab ONERA has been helping spec-up the thing, which, to quote Massaud, “permits man to explore the world without a trace: to re-experience travelling, timelessness and enhance the consciousness of the beauty of the world.”

Technically speaking – because that’s why you’re here – the Cloud has a range of 5000 kilometres (if my maths is correct that’s about 270 miles) and a top speed of 170kmph. It looks like there are some windows along the sides of the cabin, too, for looking out of.

The floating hotel (floatel?) has, or will have when they’ve done it, a fitness centre, library, bar, library and sun lounge on the top deck, all of which should ensure this will remain way too expensive for any of us to ever go on. Or even see.

capture001.pngNot entirely sure how to describe this oddity for the purposes of Google search rankings.

The Jellyfish 45 Habitat is… part submarine and part boat, it’s an open plan living space, it’s a sort of underwater palace for a James Bond villain, it’s a floating luxury mansion for rich people who like boats… it’s quite a lot of things. And it’s $2.5 million.

Designed to float along under its own power, designer Giancarlo Zema’s creation can comfortably house up to six (non-claustrophobic) people and contains five levels linked by a fancy spiral staircase. The top bit sticks out of the water, while the bottom bit is your observation zone, should you want to get a good look at raw sewerage and rusty cans.