Having been to Bali several times, I can tell you that this marine research vessel concept is about a million years away from most of their architecture. Saying that, however, the next photo juxtaposes the old and new beautifully:
Solus4 entered their concept into a design competition in Indonesia, where they stated that the marine research center (housed 150m from the popular Kuta beach) would focus on tsunamis—specifically, getting an earlier head's up on them, in wake of the 2004 disaster.
Not only would the research center have laboratories for working in, but it'd also contain bedrooms for the workers and even a seawater pool. You have to wonder why they'd need a pool with all that glorious water surrounding the vessel, but I do like the sound of the proposed aquatic garden library, too. Only if I could keep one of Ringo's octopi in the garden, in the shade, of course. [Solus4 via DesignBoom]