Mermaids have captured the imaginations of sailors for centuries. Unfortunately, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a little while ago that mermaids aren’t real, so it doesn’t seem very likely that you’ll cross paths with a fish-tailed maiden anytime soon. But does that mean that you’ll never look out across the ocean and see the beautiful, graceful curves of a mermaid?
Not if the European-based firm JDS Architects has anything to say about it. The group unveiled its design for the so-called Mermaid Building, a massive floating structure that mirrors the graceful, flowing curves of a mermaid.
I’ll be honest with you: the building is quite beautiful, but I’m not entirely sure how viewers are supposed to get a mermaid out of that design. It reminds me more of a hill or a wave rather than a living creature. Plus, the building is green and white — I think most people imagine mermaids as being blue and skin tone.
Well, let’s not split hairs about the building’s mermaid-ness when there’s so much to talk about with its one-of-a-kind design. Theoretically, the multi-terraced slopes would allow hundreds of people to live on the Mermaid indefinitely, but it’s much more likely that this building would be used as a tourist attraction. The building boasts gardens, hotel rooms, vacation properties, a wellness center, and a dolphinarium (an aquarium for dolphins).
As cool as the building is, I can’t help but scrutinize the sides of the building with those long vertical poles. Not only do those poles make the structure seem unstable, but it also strikes me as a massive waste of space. Why make the outside half of those three slopes hollow when you could line them with more terraces? I mean, why would anybody want to book a room when the view to the ocean is blocked by ten gigantic metal poles? It isn’t as though they’d be sacrificing the building’s aesthetic — in fact, they might even make the building even more beautiful by filling those hollow spaces. I doubt anybody would miss those huge metal poles once they’re gone.
I think this may be an instance where the designers are more interested in aesthetics than functionality. What are your thoughts? Do you agree that the hollow outer slopes are a waste of real estate? Do you like the design the way that it is? Do you think that it looks like a mermaid, or just a bunch of green hills?