The Gyre, A Deepscraper

Gyre from Ziglio

Zigloo Designs proposes the Gyre, a structure part ocean research laboratory, port, sky-scraper, hotel, resort. Reaching depths of 400m, Gyre would reach into the depths of the sea the equivalent of the Empire State Buildings height.  The “deepscraper” would possess a small carbon footprint. “Its unique design permits the simultaneous application of wind, solar, and tidal energy generation technologies thereby making it truly ‘off-grid’.” The radial arms, containing both a pedestrian promenade and a transit system, would form a protected inner harbor large enough to accommodate multiple large ships.

Gyre by Zigloo

But the intent for the deepest portion of the Gyre is what captures my attention.  “The deepest levels are dedicated to a scientific observatory for oceanographic research and an Interpretive Center for public discovery of the depths of the ocean.”  Add a seedy Irish pub and a large stock of Guinness to the lower levels and the DSN crew will wholly endorse this project.

Gyre by Zigloo

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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5 comments on “The Gyre, A Deepscraper
  1. Guinness? No way, they’d lower down Kelpie.

    But – omg – so much square footage for the generation of fouling communities for study. Oh, the experiments that could be done…

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