Physalia Floating Garden Concept
Physalia is a self-sufficient floating garden concept by Vincent Callebaut Architectures which would help clean the water which may be used for drinking as it navigates the European rivers. The main idea behind its architecture is the pneumatophorous organism “Physalia physalis” found in roots of some plants growing in swamps and marshlands. This amphibious garden incorporates both nature and biotechnology in order to harvest enough energy to power itself while navigating. Its design has photovoltaic solar cells over a double pneumatic membrane and is powered by hydro turbines which produce hydroelectricity using the river current underneath. The self-sufficient floating garden has its surface made of aluminum coated steel, which is again coated with titanium dioxide to purify the water by reacting with the ultraviolet rays of the sun. The vessel absorbs the carbonaceous and chemical wastes of industries and boats while purifying the river water organically by means of the hydraulic network crossed in its double hull. It’s a beautiful thing!
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