Tuesday, 9 August 2011

The Floating City

As sea levels are rising, Vincent Callebaut Architects think they have the solution in terms of housing for the future. They have come up with the idea of floating cities, each holding 50,000 people.

As stated in the title of the project, the designs are based upon a lily pad. The purpose of the project is to re-house people that would lose their homes due to the rise in water levels.

The “Lilypad City” is designed to float on the oceans and be fully self sustainable. The cities offer three marinas, artificial mountains and a lake in its centre to collect and purify rain water.

The island will be power only on renewable energy sources including wind turbines, solar panels attached to the side of the mountains and a power station that harnesses energy from the waves.

The architect, who has yet to estimate a cost for his design, added: 'It's an amphibious city without any roads or any cars. The whole city is covered by plants housed in suspended gardens. 

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