French architect Vincent Callebaut envisages floating sustainable cities modelled on a lilypad. Credit: Vincent Callebaut .

If you like the idea of floating houses, what about an entire floating sustainable city? Major cities such as Sydney, New York and London are going to have to invest significantly in flood defences. Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has come up with a design for a floating city based on a giant lillypad, which he says would be a long-term solution to rising sea levels. These floating cities could house 50,000 climate refugees, would collect their own rainwater into a central lake and would generate power from renewable sources including wave, wind and solar power.


Vincent Callebaut Architectures imagine 3D-Printed Seascraper Platforms

Always creating concepts for out-of-this-world floating forms, Vincent Callebaut and his studio have this time produced a design for providing housing for refugees displaced by climate change. Created in a similar direction to Callebaut’s ‘lilypad cities’ (which you can see here), this concept again catches the eye with whitewash organic shapes covered with greenery.

While the initial structures would be built using large-scale 3D printing techniques, the forms would continue to grow by encouraging ‘natural calcification’ in the same way that seashells do; continuously expanding beneath the waterline. The concept incorporates all manner of cutting-edge tech and natural bioluminescence, all of which you can explore in more depth here.

Vincent Callebaut - Lilypad (2008)

It’s common knowledge that the planet is warming, ice caps are melting, and water levels are rising. The international scientific community predicts that a temperature elevation of 1°C will lead to a water rise of 1 meter, resulting in massive land loss and the displacement of millions of people world wide. Vincent Callebaut, a visionary Belgian architect, is responding to this inevitability with his proposal LILYPAD, A Floating Ecopolis for Ecological Refugees.

LILYPAD is a true amphibian - half aquatic and half terrestrial city - able to accommodate 50,000 inhabitants and inviting the biodiversity to develop its fauna and flora around a central lagoon of soft water collecting and purifying the rain waters. This artificial lagoon is entirely immersed, ballasting the city. It enables inhabitants to live in the heart of the sub aquatic depths. The multi functional program is based on three marinas and three mountains dedicated to work, shopping and entertainment. The whole set is covered by a stratum of planted housing in suspended gardens and crossed by a network of streets and alleyways with organic outline. The goal is to create a harmonious coexistence of humans and nature, exploring new modes of cross-cultural aquatic living.


Vincent Callebaut’s twisting, foliage-filled ‘Agora Tower’ will preside over… the Xinyin District. The architect…has designed a high-density space that aims at limiting the ecologic footprint of its inhabitants…Tall planted balconies of suspended orchards, organic vegetable gardens and and medicinal greenery will take root in the high-performance building…even the construction process transforms itself; industrial waste will be returned as a 'technical nutrient’ to be indefinitely recycled. The helicoidal towers appropriate their form from the structure of DNA…


2050 Paris Smart City

Following a climate energy plan that aims to reduce 75% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, vincent callebaut architectures has undertaken a research and development project that examines the role of high-rise architecture. The proposal presents eight different tower typologies that each integrate elements renewable energy within the city’s dense urban fabric.


This Eco-Village Is An Environmentalist's Dream

It’s basically designed to house a gardening cult.

Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut, who previously dreamed up this Dragonfly vertical farm to be placed in New York City as well as the idea of Chinese “farmscrapers,” has been deemed an eco-utopian architect, a description that seems perfectly apt in relation to his latest project: Flavours Orchard is a concept created for a private Chinese developer to build a high-tech eco-friendly city in China that centers on community gardening.

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The belgium-born and paris-based archibiotec vincent callebaut is in the research and development stages of a 3D printed oceanscraper called ‘AEQUOREA’. the futuristic underwater farm is situated at the the rio de janeiro shore and aims to find sustainable solutions to climate change by promoting sea life. the project proposes to recycle the ocean plastic pollution and to transform the floating garbage patches into building materials for the naval architecture and engineering.

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