When we think about architecture of the future, our minds almost instinctively imagines hi-fi technology controlled buildings in a neo digital era. Digital technology might most certainly be the major factor governing future architecture, but it can indisputably claim climate and environmental factors as one of its parent influences. While searching for examples based on these parallel themes, I came across an amazing project called “Lilypad” by Vincent Callebaut Architect and was convinced that this would be the perfect topic to start this blog.

Lilypad is a floating city project which addresses the ever increasing crisis of Global Warming. The architect foreseeing the inevitable rise in sea level all over the world, conceived this project to create a habitable space over water. This prototype of an “amphibian ecopolis” would travel along the water line of oceans from the equator to the poles. This city claims to accommodate 50,000 inhabitants and aims at developing biodiversity around a central lagoon created by the purification of rainwater.

The design inspired from the great lilypad of Amazonia Victoria Regia aims at bringing closer interaction between human and nature in the future where it is difficult to distinguish between real and virtual. The double skin is made of polyester fibres covered by a layer of titanium dioxide. which by reacting to the ultraviolet rays enable to absorb the atmospheric pollution by photocatalytic effect.

This project also utilizes renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, tidal, osmotic and biomass energy production. This project represents a symbiotic relationship between the built environment and the oceanic ecosystem by recycling CO2 and wastes, purifying and softening the used waters and integrating aquaculture fields and biotic corridors on or under its body to meet its food requirements.

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