physalia – floating agoraall images courtesy of vincent callebaut architectures

 

 

 

vincent callebaut architectures have designed ‘physalia’, an architectural prototype of an amphibious garden – a floating agora which is meant to clean waterways in europe. the project aims to meet the needs of maintaining a sustainable management of water resources. the roof of the structure contains a double pneumatic membrane chiseled with smooth photovoltaic solar cells.

 

under the hull, hydro-turbines transform the energy of the fluvial stream into hydro-electricity. the surface of the vessel is made from an aluminum covering which covers the multi-hull steel structure. the silver-plated dress is covered by a TiO2 layer of anatase shapes that when reacting to ultraviolet rays, reduces water pollution. in addition to being a self-cleaning vessel, it can absorb and recycle by photo-catalytic effect. physalia is crossed in its double hull by a hydraulic network that filters the fluvial water and purifies it biologically thanks to its planted roof. the interior is divided into four thematic gardens: water, fire, earth, air.

vincent callebaut architectures: physalia   amphibious garden to clean waterwayseast elevation

vincent callebaut architectures: physalia   amphibious garden to clean waterways east elevation

vincent callebaut architectures: physalia   amphibious garden to clean waterways green roof of phytopurification and photovoltaic pneumatic lens

vincent callebaut architectures: physalia   amphibious garden to clean waterways steel hull construction and aluminum superstructure with view of the air garden

vincent callebaut architectures: physalia   amphibious garden to clean waterways interior scenography – view of the water garden and earth garden

vincent callebaut architectures: physalia   amphibious garden to clean waterways profile

vincent callebaut architectures: physalia   amphibious garden to clean waterways inside view of the air garden

vincent callebaut architectures: physalia   amphibious garden to clean waterways view of physalia’s deck

potential locations for the physalia: vincent callebaut architectures: physalia   amphibious garden to clean waterways letna, prague

vincent callebaut architectures: physalia   amphibious garden to clean waterways thames, london

vincent callebaut architectures: physalia   amphibious garden to clean waterways seine, paris

vincent callebaut architectures: physalia   amphibious garden to clean waterways seine, paris

vincent callebaut architectures: physalia   amphibious garden to clean waterways physale – starting point of the structure’s form

vincent callebaut architectures: physalia   amphibious garden to clean waterways longitudinal section

vincent callebaut architectures: physalia   amphibious garden to clean waterways level of the air garden

vincent callebaut architectures: physalia   amphibious garden to clean waterways cross section

vincent callebaut architectures: physalia   amphibious garden to clean waterways diagrams and bionic transposition of bio-luminescent pneumatophorous