Cool, Or The Stupidest Thing You’ve Ever Seen? Architect Proposes Underwater Tennis Stadium In Dubai
It's the question I've had ever since I started watching tennis -- why can't I see more fish? Now my dreams may come true, because a Polish architect has proposed this underwater tennis facility off the coast of Dubai.
Yes, it's possibly the stupidest thing I've ever seen. But it's also one of the coolest -- especially this rendering:
Structurally impossible, you say? Pffft. All that's required is a continuous pane of glass about 108 feet wide.
However, flat panels of glass are manufactured at widths of 32-feet apiece, and manufacturing curved glass of that dimension would require unheard-of machinery. While an arched roof would best distribute the immense water pressure, the glass “would weigh possibly a hundred tons,” Sarah Fray, director of engineering and technical services at the Institution of Structural Engineers in London, told the Daily Mail. What’s more, the glass would have to be several feet thicker at the edges than at the center of the arch. “The more joints there are the more likely it is to leak,” warned Fray.
Depending on the depth at which the court is submerged, sunlight penetration could be minimal or enough to blind tennis players when refracted by the glass and the water. “I can’t imagine players not finding the fish distracting, either,” mused Fray.
Also, the facility would have to be earthquake-proof, be able to withstand tsunamis, and include an emergencny evacuation plan.
On the plus side: look at the fish! Educational.
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