OFF Architecture designed a concept for a tunnel/bridge hybrid to cross the Bering Strait.
Pretty cool concept, i'm sure with the northern passage opening up for shipping, would be nice to see where they want to put it, cause with the norther passage opening up, they'd have to figure out a way to make it easy for large ships to pass over, as i'm sure commerce will win out over novelty.
you might have notice i lost my chain of thought,apologies, didn't proofread (like most of the people i end up complaining about) and it doesn't seem to allow you to edit
Nice thought, though the person doing the concept art for this has obviously never been near the Bering strait. I fish it, the water is gray and muddy, the weather inclement and cold, and the water animals seen in the pictures are not likely to enter the Bering sea, so good job on being unrealistic.
Absolutely STUNNING. The huge waterfalls, visitors walking in water, swimming, giant tubes which whales pass through. Would they swim into such a small space? Fascinating. The hotel suite is PHENOMENAL. One of the few that would truly astound.
While admiring, a thought arose... will we ever progress to where this could become a reality? Or are we more destined to a more "Bladerunner-esque" scenario?
Anyway, this is so beautiful and idyllic. Could look, dream about, all day. : )
PS: Wonder if we would need "transparent aluminum" for stability. ; )
think of how much this would cost!!!!! more than we can afford probably
Does the Bering Strait even have a ferry service? This link would probably need thousands of miles of road upgrades, and is still too far from the market routes to compete with freighters.
Beautiful concept, I just hope the passages for the animals will be large enough to fit blue whales and other large wild life easily (if this thing goes through)
They should place some of those tubes which the fish swim through in some of those swimming pools. It would be pretty awesome to swim next to fish and sharks, even if they're inside a tube.
cariath mentioned the cold hard fact of gray muddy water. Mike Cook also talks about the fact that China kicks up a lot of pollution these days while it catches up on it's share of the industrial revolution. The prevailing winds carry that 'dust' out over the far northern part of the hemisphere. It lands on the arctic ice and forces heat from the sun to be absorbed. Melts the ice and muddies the northern waters. The added iron and such, increase nutrients. The fishing has been great because of all the added goodies. Big Crab harvests, good fishing are the result.
This scenic depiction has not a thing to do with the Bering Strait. That part of the world is far better served by big bridges like the Mackinaw (Mackinac) So that the North American continent can share in Russia's new economic growth, while the USA is embracing policy intent on shutting itself down. A Russian financed, Florida theme park is more likely for this image, The Russians like Florida's sunshine. I would not like to put my bare feet into near freezing water anyway.
wow.. ths person has no clue what alaska and siberia is like. Its very pretty, but pretty much fodder for a scifi novel where the bering straight is somewhere near panama in latitude.
Its colde then heck up there.. with fierce storms and ice flows that would cause heavy damage to such a structure. ..and how many wild animals are going to want to swim through a tube? This would more then likely just obstruct them more then anything else, with a few stragglers left to go through and starve to death on the other side.
The animals need a better solution then this. They could potentially raise the road bed and lower lower the middle regularly in a rolling arc. That way animals, ice and storm surges could flow through, reducing the pressure on the strucutre.
carriath08/13/09 at 7:12 pm
Nice thought, though the person doing the concept art for this has obviously never been near the Bering straitI fish it, the water is gray and muddy, the weather inclement www.sikisseyret.com
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