Floating Manta Ray-Shaped Ferry Terminal By Vincent Callebaut

Architect Vincent Callebaut has designed a floating ferry terminal for Seoul with a form that references the hyperbolic geometry of a Manta Ray. Suspended above the marina and adjacent gardens, the structure offers elevated views across the Han river and Yeouido park — an experimental urban space dedicated to sustainable development. The project’s main objective is to enhance the site’s natural irrigation by transforming the park into an ecological forest of willow trees. Vincent Callebaut’s design is divided into three levels: floating dikes that protect an enclosed marina from water currents; an upper building, which contains leisure and recreation facilities; and an observation deck with a rooftop orchard. Accessed via a cable-stayed pedestrian bridge, the latter of which also includes photovoltaic panels and wind turbines. Food courts, exhibition galleries, and educational spaces are found below, inviting both passengers and visitors to explore the structure. Crucially, the floating terminal produces 100% of its own energy. The roof’s edge is lined with 3,500 square meters of opaque photovoltaic panels, while a vertical axis wind turbine farm provides even more power. In addition, organic and biodegradable waste from the park supplies a biomethanation plant to create further energy. Meanwhile, the building’s honeycomb CLT structure is responsibly sourced from local forest trees. “The “Manta ray” project promotes the permeability and renaturalization of river banks in cities with rivers running through them,” says Vincent Callebaut. “The banks become new playgrounds for social innovation, and for urban “consumers-actors” seeking to promote urban farming, agroforestry and permaculture. The goal is to make them less vulnerable to climate change, and to the subsequent dramatic flood and urban heat island events witnessed over the past decades.”

Underwater Eco-Village Plans To Recycle Rubbish Into ‘Seascrapers’

Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut developed plans for an amazing oceanic city built out of recycled rubbish. This futuristic building proposal extends 1,000 meters down into the depths of the sea, and plans to be made entirely of 3D-printed plastic waste materials. Named for a species of bioluminescent jellyfish, this fictional city goes by the name of Aequorea. The architectural concept serves to highlight our current situation of dwindling natural resources as well as the overwhelming need to clean up our waste-filled oceans.

Vincent Callebaut’s Futuristic Skyscraper

In this futuristic tower, you can easily find out the handwriting of the architect Vincent Callebaut. "Due to its proximity to China’s billowing tailpipes and its own fossil-fueled emissions, Taichung in Taiwan needs as much help as possible to suck up the city’s carbon. That combined with the country’s centennial celebration of independence inspired Vincent Callebaut to design the Biotic Arch – quite possibly the greenest skyscraper proposal we’ve ever seen – as part of the “Taichung Active Gateway City.” The tower has so many living facades and vertical gardens that it looks like one giant bush, and it receives all of its electricity from bio, solar, and wind energy sources."

Eco Village “Coral Reef” by Vincent Callebaut

If you’re our loyal reader you should remember amazing eco concept of Vincent CallebautLilypad. But Vincent continues to pump out amazing concepts of futuristic eco systems. This time inspired by the organic form of coral he has created utopian eco villages for for 1,000 Haitian families affected in 2010 by an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale. This village is called “Coral Reef”. Built upon seismic piers off the coast of the mainland, the prefabricated, modular units can be fit into a wave-like matrix as space is needed. Each family would have a plot of land to grow their own food. A canyon flows between two rows of housing and is filled with a tropical ecosystem for the local fauna and the flora. Aquaculture farms and grey water recycling plants filter and process the water before sending it into the sea. The entire complex is carbon neutral and powered via a number of different renewable energy sources. Power would be generated from thermal energy conversion under the pier, marine currents, vertical axis wind turbines, and solar photovoltaics.


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. He called this project “Lilypad“, but this ecotectural marvel is also called as “Floating Ecopolis for Climate Refugees”. The idea of Lilypad Project is to create a series of floating self-sufficient ocean-going eco-city islands. Each one would be able to house 50,000 residents and would support a great deal of biodiversity. Collecting pools located in their centers would gather and filter water for use on board. These would be places for adventurers and refugees alike as water levels rise around the world and threaten many, particularly island, habitats. Vincent Callebaut hopes that Lilypad will make the transition from design to reality around the year 2100.