Posted by: JCleggman | June 16, 2008

Lilypad – A Floating City for Rich Climate Refugees

I marvel this at and it’s quite mind-boggling. Here goes:

According to the less alarming forecasts of the GIEC (Intergovernmental group on the evolution of the climate), the ocean level should rise from 20 to 90 cm during the 21st Century with a status quo by 50 cm (versus 10 cm in the 20th Century). As a solution to this alarming problem architect Vincent Callebaut came up with this ecotectural marvel that could serve as a luxurious future retreat for 50,000 inhabitants seeking refuge from rising waters due to global warming. He believes the world will be desperately seeking shelter from the devastations of climate change, and hopes the auto-sufficient amphibious city will serve as a luxurious solution. To bad that right now we are close to 7 billion people and this luxurious future retreat is just for 50,000 inhabitants ( just for rich people ).

Vincent Callebaut called this project “Lilypad“, but this ecotectural marvel is also called as “Floating Ecopolis for Climate Refugees”. The whole structure is covered in green walls and roofs, the top portion covered in grasses with the inner portion featuring a palm oasis, and the under portion serving as a bed for natural sea planktons and oceanic plants. Finally if you were already planning to reserve a place to this luxurious future retreat stay calm, because Vincent Callebaut hopes that “Floating Ecopolis for Climate Refugees” will make the transition from design to reality around the year 2100



  1. I am impressed that they are for rich people. I suppose it’s more ideal for people who reside on islands. Like Japan, from what I heard, they might build a city in a pyramid at Tokyo Bay.

    Guess it won’t happen in our lifetime.

    I like your top image, full of sake. No giant owl?

  2. ha yeah, I figured it was asian enough for me. So, I decided to use this for my blog header.

  3. isn’t this a little too similar to this earlier project?

  4. […] no.  When the super rich are planing floating cities to avoid all contact with the hoi polloi *, when luxury goods companies like Hermès and Louis Vuitton have earnings increases in 2010 and […]

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