Physalia Amphibious Floating Garden

Vincent Callebaut Architects have envisioned a floating monument to green conscious urban living – one that not only traverses the rivers of our cities, but cleans their water in the process.

More than one billion of people do not have any access to drinking water. Three thousands of people die everyday from having consumed polluted water. The water is thus not a good. It should belong to everybody.

In this context, Vincent Callebaut Architects have envisioned a floating monument to green conscious urban living – one that not only traverses the rivers of our cities, but cleans their water in the process. They created the “Physalia” project, which name comes from “Physalia physalis”, meaning “water bubble”. The Physalia Amphibious Floating Garden uses a bio-filtration system to clean our rivers much like a typical aquarium filter, but in this case the filter itself is the garden on its surface.

It is said that the prototype will even make more energy than that consumed. Solar cells and a double pneumatic membrane will form the roof of the construction and similar technologies will be used in order to reach its energy goal. Inside there will be four amazing gardens called “Water”, “Earth”, “Fire” and “Air”. The Physalia Amphibious Floating Garden, once built, will be present on the waters of Seine, Thames, Volga, Danube, Escaut. [VincentCallebautArchitects via Freshome]

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