There are many who feel that the Age of Discovery is on hiatus. We do not have the capability to explore the stars fully, and there are no more places to truly discover on Earth. However, our oceans remain largely unexplored (less than five percent has been explored). One Frenchman is hoping to change that.

While we’ve all seen Kevin Costner’s Waterworld and thought it to be ridiculously implausible, some have seen that as inspiration. French architect Jacques Rougerie has put before the public his concept of a floating futuristic ocean base that could be used for scientific study. Based off the shape of a manta ray, this is one such design that is not only fascinating but gorgeous.