The Knowledge Centre is a proposed glocal investment in the service of climate research. Its main function is to transmit the gravity of our predicament to individual citizens and politicians all worldwide, so that they accept the profound lifestyle changes required by environmental measures. The educational idea is to bring the visitor down into the sea, creating a sense of presence. Meetings and major conferences in the sea, important decisions reached in the sea, an International knowledge centre and meeting place in the sea! The information becomes tangible, and the visitor becomes a participant in our environmental dilemma.Located within the Marine Nature Reserve of Kullaberg at the northern entrance to the Öresund region, it can be reached by about four million people within a 300 kilometre radius. The tower stands on the seabed twenty‐two meters below surface and rises ten meters above water. A bridge connects it to the nearby cliffs. Each floor, all with windows above and below sea level, provides information through aquariums, display cases, computers and digital technology. Digital headsets provide information in several languages and for different levels of knowledge. The ground floor is also a film screening room. We envision a dramatic film journey out into the seas to the deepest oceans, to the Arctic and the Gulf Stream. The conference centre and the media studio are a globally unique dialogue platform. The first media studio under water will surely attract the major media companies. The building material itself is an added attraction, a front‐line line Swedish invention currently in development. The Tower is a joint project with Oceanic Creations AB, who hold the international licenses for a recyclable, low‐maintenance composite material for the marine research field and underwater building.Åke E Andersson, Göran Schwanbom, Lennart Silén‐Alfredsson

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The Linnaeus Tower
Underwater conference centre for marine climate issues

Göran Schwanbom   Journalist, self‐employed

Hans Eriksson   Linneaus Tower HB

The Knowledge Centre is a proposed glocal investment in the service of climate research. Its main function is to transmit the gravity of our predicament to individual citizens and politicians all worldwide, so that they accept the profound lifestyle changes required by environmental measures. The educational idea is to bring the visitor down into the sea, creating a sense of presence. Meetings and major conferences in the sea, important decisions reached in the sea, an International knowledge centre and meeting place in the sea! The information becomes tangible, and the visitor becomes a participant in our environmental dilemma.Located within the Marine Nature Reserve of Kullaberg at the northern entrance to the Öresund region, it can be reached by about four million people within a 300 kilometre radius. The tower stands on the seabed twenty‐two meters below surface and rises ten meters above water. A bridge connects it to the nearby cliffs. Each floor, all with windows above and below sea level, provides information through aquariums, display cases, computers and digital technology. Digital headsets provide information in several languages and for different levels of knowledge. The ground floor is also a film screening room. We envision a dramatic film journey out into the seas to the deepest oceans, to the Arctic and the Gulf Stream. The conference centre and the media studio are a globally unique dialogue platform. The first media studio under water will surely attract the major media companies. The building material itself is an added attraction, a front‐line line Swedish invention currently in development. The Tower is a joint project with Oceanic Creations AB, who hold the international licenses for a recyclable, low‐maintenance composite material for the marine research field and underwater building.Åke E Andersson, Göran Schwanbom, Lennart Silén‐Alfredsson

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