Emily Pilloton

Mermaid-Inspired Aquatic Building by JDS Architects

by , 03/30/09
filed under: Architecture, biomimicry

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Last week we featured flying architecture, and now here’s a floating structure inspired by the grace and curvilinear form of a mermaid. European firm, JDS Architects’ Mermaid building is in a way both ridiculous and incredibly thought-provoking. Resembling the dystopian Lilypad floating cities that we covered a year ago, the renderings of the Mermaid show the building in every extreme biome on earth — from tropical islands to glacial surroundings. The building boasts terraces of greenery, a dolphinarium, hotel, and vacation properties. Is this just a glorified cruise ship? (With somewhat suspect structural support?) Or a new model for private development that truly is responsive to its aquatic surroundings?

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According to the designers, the proximity of the building’s multiple programs and its unique floating site create a framework for the collision of sea, air, and light, intended to stimulate wellness for the building’s users. The Mermaid building — one could argue — is a new take on eco-tourism: bringing dolphins and sea life front and center for visitors and residents, all wrapped in a dramatic architectural feat.

The structure has four central functions: a dolphinarium, wellness center, vacation homes, and a hotel, each of which are nestled between dynamic archi-topological features like caves, sloping hills, and of course, the dramatic inclines of the “island” building itself.

+ JDS Architects

Via Designboom

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2 Comments

  1. Kir-mit-mc June 19, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    :)

  2. JDS architects April 14, 2010 at 3:25 am

    FYI we designed this project 3 years before the lilypad horror by Callebaut.

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