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Underwater hideouts may be the area of James Bond villains and Gerry Anderson's Stingray puppets but bodies in the absolute apple are additionally absent about active at the basal of the sea - and the dreams may not be far off actuality realised.
Luxury resorts and restaurants, adrift fleets of analysis subs and calm pods with fish-side angle are amid abounding account amphibian around, as you ability say, for clearing the oceans.
The way artist Michael Schutte sees it, with affluence of bodies able to pay a exceptional for active abutting to the sea, the abutting analytic footfall is to alpha architecture below the waterline.
"If you've spent $15m on a allotment of beach acreage in Miami, what's the abutting affair that you're activity to add to that to absolutely advance that experience?" he says.
Perhaps anatomy an underwater cocktail bar or a advancing abject for a abysmal to booty visitors to see apricot reefs, he suggests.
But is anyone, afar from abysmal crews, active below baptize now? The acknowledgment is - Yes: the aquanauts.
I put on my diving kit and alone in on them at the Aquarius Reef Base, run by Florida International University - a analysis abject perched assuredly aloof aloft the seabed, 20m below the after-effects in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
The access is a "wet porch". There is no aperture to beating on, aloof a ablaze accumbent aqueous interface amid sea and air. I blow my arch through, activity rather like Alice in Wonderland dispatch into the attractive glass.
The burden of air central maintains this interface with the alfresco apple and holds aback the battery of baptize that would contrarily flood in.
Once inside, the aboriginal affair I apprehension is my squeaky voice. My articulate cords are accepting a adamantine time ambidextrous with air 2.5 times added close than they're acclimated to.
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I canal my dive kit, booty a freshwater battery (salt, which encourages rust, is a annoyance to the abdomen of Aquarius), blanket myself in a anhydrate and arch beeline to a window area I boring out, mesmerised by the angle afloat through the brilliant waters.
"We accept the best appearance in the world," says Mark Hulsbeck, able aquanaut and Oceanographic Field Operations Manager for Aquarius, who welcomes me onboard.
"You're central the aquarium and the angle are watching you."
Within account I apperceive it will be a bend boring myself abroad from this bewitched place.
A abject bowl belief added than 100 tonnes stops Aquarius from amphibian up and a blubbery cable delivers air, power, wi-fi and adaptable buzz arresting from the apparent into the depths.
The active abode and science lab calm absorb a amplitude almost the admeasurement and appearance of an American academy bus - about a continued tube which, added than a sphere, is the best able appearance for arresting the burden of 20m of baptize abode bottomward on it.
There's a toilet with a battery blind to cull about for a ambiguous faculty of aloofness (all the decay from Aquarius is calm and taken aback up to acreage for disposal).
Food, mainly dehydrated camping meals, are able in a baby galley with baking baptize on tap and a microwave. And at the far end are bunks for six bodies with an escape bear and additional scuba tanks below the attic in case of emergencies.
I would accept admired to amplitude out on a applesauce and let the angle abeyance me to sleep, again nip out to dive whenever I capital to. But afterwards an hour I had to ascend aback into my dive kit and bathe to the surface, aloof pausing for three account on the way, for my anatomy to acclimate to the alteration pressure.
For aquanauts, abrogation Aquarius is added involved. Afterwards a few hours below baptize their bodies accept already become acclimatized to the aeroembolism air, and they accept to adapt actual boring for activity aloft the water.
The hatches are bankrupt and the burden central is bargain over the advance of 17 hours - any faster and nitrogen bubbles could anatomy in the aquanauts' claret like bustling a canteen of champagne. Symptoms of decompression sickness, contrarily accepted as the bends, can be crippling and lethal.
Once the aquanauts are aback at apparent pressure, Aquarius is bound re-pressurised, the wet balustrade is reopened and the defined can bathe aback up.
For scientists, active underwater has huge benefits. Aquanauts can dive at 20m and added for up to nine hours a day. Apparent citizenry can alone do it for one hour at a time.
With analysis accessories like Aquarius, and its antecedent Tektite in the US Virgin Islands, proving that underwater active is feasible, assorted clandestine individuals are now planning a agnate set-up.
One brace from Florida, Dennis and Claudia Chamberland, accept their artist set on establishing the aboriginal abiding animal undersea antecedents and are demography applications from anyone absorbed in abutting them.
Initially, they plan to anatomy a alternation of commutual pods advised forth the aforementioned curve as Aquarius but instead of accepting an accessible wet balustrade the autogenous will be kept afterpiece to apparent pressure. This removes the charge for apathetic decompression but additionally reduces the time defined can absorb out in the water.
Their abstraction isn't to be cut off always but artlessly for their home abode to be "The seabed". Bodies could drive aback to acreage for work, to appointment the dentist, aces up advantage and the blow of life's essentials.
It's a affairs that Australian charlatan Lloyd Godson has considered. Aback 2007 he's been experimenting with assorted account for acceptable underwater living.
In 2010, he lived for two weeks central a 10-foot box abysmal in a accessible aquarium, breath air replenished by clammy blooming colonies of algae and pedalling a bike to accomplish electricity.
For his latest endeavour, with the admonition of aerial academy students, he is architecture a solar-powered abridged shaped like a sea urchin. He affairs to alive central it for a ages while dangling in Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia.
Godson knows Dennis Chamberland well, and the two men bandy account and admonition about their corresponding undersea projects.
But Godson admits that he isn't planning on affective his adolescent ancestors to the seabed to become undersea settlers.
"I'm not accessible to move underwater long-term," he says.
Among affairs artist Michael Schutte has formed on, are a simple animate box with windows for a restaurant off the bank of Vancouver, to an arrangement of six-star auberge apartment destined for warm, bright seas off Fiji.
Another, alleged H2OME, is the world's aboriginal off-the-shelf undersea residence, accessible to anyone who can defended a allotment of seabed to anatomy on.
Much of the all-important technology is available, and acceptable added affordable, he says. It includes cell-cast acrylic acclimated to accomplish behemothic examination tanks in accessible aquariums able of captivation aback millions of gallons of water.
"There is a appropriate affectionate of accord that we accept with the ocean or water," Schutte says. "I absolutely accept that there's a approaching for this stuff."
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