As the world’s first floating city draws closer to completion, designers like Pierpaolo Lazzarini have begun drawing up their own utopian sea-based societies as well. The Italian designer recently unveiled plans for Wayaland, a floating self-sustaining community comprising solar- and wind- powered pyramidal buildings. Lazzarini hopes to turn the futuristic scheme into reality with a crowdfunding campaign that offers people the chance to stay in a yet-to-be-completed floating module for €1,000 ($1,200) a night.



Inspired by ancient Mayan architecture, the pyramidal buildings comprise stacked prefabricated modules that can be adapted for a variety of purposes, from housing to entertainment. Powered by solar and wind energy, each relatively lightweight structure would be built from a combination of fiberglass, carbon and steel. The submerged floating basement would house the engine that propels the buildings, energy storage, and other service equipment like desalinators.

The structures are modular Wayaland by Pierpaolo Lazzarini

Waya Suite Wayaland by Pierpaolo Lazzarini

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Lazzarini hopes to jumpstart his floating city dream with a crowdfunding campaign targeting €350,000 ($423,000), the amount he says is necessary to build The Waya Suite, a residential floating module measuring 1,076 square feet over two floors with an expected delivery date of 2022. Supporters can pre-order a night on the home for €1,000 ($1,200) a night.

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Via New Atlas

Images via Pierpaolo Lazzarini

Basement level Wayaland by Pierpaolo Lazzarini

Solar panels clad all sides Wayaland by Pierpaolo Lazzarini

Wayaland by Pierpaolo Lazzarini