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Sony’s “Tokyo 2050” housing concept envisions people living on shells floating in the sea

People are constantly searching for housing solutions for people in the future if one day climate change reaches the extreme threshold and people have no place to live on land.

Climate change, melting ice and thermal expansion of warming oceans could lead to sea level rise and a major threat to human civilization. Global mean sea level has increased by approximately (21–24 cm) since 1880 and continues to increase annually at an alarming rate.

A new project called “One Day, 2050” by Sony envisions the future and how people will live in Tokyo in 2050. One of the products of the project is a model of a house on the sea with a partnership of science fiction.

The company explains that the project includes overarching thematic keywords such as “2050”, “Tokyo” and “romance”, and Sony’s sci-fi story designers and writers held workshops to explore destroy life, habitat, senses and well-being by 2050. Creative efforts have contributed to the creation of a series of design archetypes and sci-fi short stories.

The “habitats” feature nomadic communities at sea, where they coexist with nature. Visualizing life in the not-too-distant future, coastal cities are being replaced by floating houses for refugees from the effects of climate change and those displaced by sea level rise. With no land to live on, humans had to resettle in shell houses and drift across the ocean, searching for food and safe shelter.

According to Sony, floating housing with dual structure will always be stable even during storms. The outer shell is designed to block waves and reduce vibrations. Inside this house is where people live.

The spacious compartments have three floors for living both above and below the water, and all three are connected by stairs. As the project and prototype are still at the conceptual level, the amenities in the compartments are not described in detail. But we can imagine it will have the design and interior like the bunker in the sci-fi movies.

To move through the water, these houses use sprinklers. In addition to the battery located at the bottom of the house and the energy tank, the shell is equipped with solar panels on the roof to absorb solar energy. In addition, the house will clean itself with a filter pump system while moving on the ocean.

When two or more houses meet, they can form a honeycomb-like structure and even a “sea city”. When connected, they can also transfer energy from one energy tank to another at any time and form an electrical system.

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