Category Archives: Floating Structures

Futuristic Vertical Ship Stays Upright While Exploring Marine Life


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French architect Jacques Rougerie wants to explore the world’s oceans, and he needs your money to do it. How much, you ask? Just a mere €325,000 ($436,000). Continue reading


Google's Mystery Barges Revealed to be Silver-Sailed Showrooms

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Google has been raising eyebrows with the construction of three massive barges that are currently moored in San Francisco, Portland, and Maine. The Internet behemoth has been fairly tight-lipped about the barges, leaving news sources to speculate over their purpose. Are they floating data centers? Trendy party boats? Continue reading

Check Out Physalia, a Floating Garden Cleaning the Waterways of Europe


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What do you get when you combine a squid, green energy, a garden, a janitor, and a boat? You get the Physalia, a truly unique floating art piece that could help change the world.

Designed by Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut, Physalia was intended as a way to clean Europe’s filthy waterways, all while offering Europeans a gorgeous view of environmental conservation in action. The science here is a bit technical, but basically all you need to know is that Physalia’s hull is coated with titanium dioxide, which absorbs ultraviolet rays in order to encourage the decomposition of toxins in the water. The vessel would also have systems in place that could desalinate surrounding water and destroy any bacteria. It’s basically a gigantic water treatment facility that putters around the rivers of Europe, scrubbing the waterways clean of pollution and converting river water into pristine drinking water.

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The Venus Project: Rebuilding Society With Giant Floating Cities

The Venus Project

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I’ve come across some pretty ambitious architectural projects before. Up until now, I think the most ambitious project would probably be this massive floating city. I mean, it’s hard to top something like that, right? Continue reading

New York's Waterpod: Doing A Lot With A Little


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It’s truly amazing what you can do with the near-limitless potential of aquatic architecture. I suspect that the only reason why aquatic architecture isn’t more popular than it is now is because it has a reputation for being somewhat pricey. Further complicating matters, aquatic architecture has strong ties to the green movement, which tends to emphasize expensive technology while placing more focus on conservation than profit. Continue reading

The Rustic Beauty of Aztecian Floating Gardens

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Aquatic architecture is incredibly advanced these days, producing wonders like floating schoolhouses and self-sufficient eco-homes. Despite the recent advances in technology, aquatic architecture isn’t a new invention — not by a longshot. Ancient civilizations masterfully utilized water to make their lives a little bit easier. My favorite example is the use of floating gardens by the ancient Aztecs.

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