Climate change and overpopulation are two of the biggest problems our planet currently faces. The push to “live green and blue” are both becoming more and more prevalent. We’ve talked in a previous post about how architecture is at the forefront of the environmental movement and has the ability to accommodate both issues. There are a few designs that I’ve seen in the past few months that have really stuck out at me as shinning examples of green architecture. In fact, one particular project goes beyond the movement that we see today and shows what I imagine the green movement will become in the future.
Vincent Callebaut Architectures created a concept in 2008 called the “Lilypads” in response to sea level rise. It was inspired by the world’s largest water lily, Amazonia Victoria Regia, increased by 250 times. It serves as “a floating ecopolis for climate refugees.” They refer the project as an ‘amphibian’ because it floats in ocean but would have a large bio-diverse community of terrestrial and aquatic plant life. The proposed city could accommodate 50,000 people with all the pleasures of a seemingly normal terrestrial life. The design itself is incredibly stunning. It serves this fantastic functional purpose but has all the characteristics of extravagant architecture.
photos © Vincent Callebaut Architectures