Photos show the vision of a community in the Indian Ocean

A Dutch architectural firm is set to build an innovative floating city in the Maldives, a nation of South Asian islands located in the Indian Ocean.

The city, designed by Dutch company Waterstudio, is expected to house 20,000 people in a network of 5,000 floating buildings, all of which will include homes, shops and even schools, according to the official Maldives Floating City website. They will all be interspersed like a mass of modular floating platforms in the pattern of a brain coral.

The floating city will be located just 10 minutes by boat from Malé, the capital of the Maldives. The project is being led by Waterstudio in conjunction with developer Dutch Docklands and the local government of Malé. Koen Olthuis told CNN the city will offer studios for $150,000 and family units for $250,000.

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“With its unique location in a heavenly setting, we are extremely proud to launch the world’s first floating city,” said Paul HTM van de Camp, CEO of Dutch Docklands, in a press release. “It will be an amazing place where locals and foreigners can buy their dream property at affordable prices”

The floating city designs aim to offer a solution to the threat of rising sea levels for generations to come, Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed said in a press release.

“This floating city in the Maldives requires no reclamation and therefore has minimal impact on coral reefs. In addition: new giant reefs will be cultivated to act as breakwaters. Our adaptation to climate change must not destroy nature but operate with it, as the floating city of the Maldives offers.In the Maldives, we cannot stop the waves, but we can ride with them.

Below is a look at some of the epic footage provided to USA TODAY by Waterstudio.

An exterior look of the floating city on water that is planned to be built in the Maldives.
An inside look at floating water city designs in the Maldives.
A look at the city of a floating city on water in the Maldives.
The floating water city of the Maldives up close.

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