Mixing leading global technologies with a botanical approach, a compact village inspired by a lily floating on the water with a walkable radius of 1km is set to appear on Dubai waters. Dubbed as Project Green Float, the futuristic project includes creation of a 3,300-foot high tower emblazoned with a vertical farm resting on a floating concrete lilypad with a diameter of 3 km. Some Japanese scientists, engineers and financiers have joined forces to make the green city – conceived by Shimizu Corporation of Japan – a living, breathing reality by the year 2005.
Perfectly suited to the equatorial region with plenty of sunlight and minimal impact of typhoons, the Green Float project will utilize solar power, low wind speeds and temperature variations to the fullest use. Super-light alloys from magnesium found in seawater will lend supreme strength to the tower structure. Each new floor of the tower furnished at ground level will be pushed down into the sea. Once it reaches the 3,300-foot mark, you’ll see the tower raised to its full length. Mangrove plantation, cornfields and livestock ranch will form its huge circular base that erects on a lattice of 7,000-ton honeycomb pontoons.
Other luxuriantly green aspects include:
• City in the Sky: A Residential Zone with 30,000 Inhabitants
With no strong winds and a temperature of about 26-28°C year-round, the area will rise 700-1,000m above the equator.
• Waterside: A Residential Zone with 10,000 Inhabitants
The low-rise townhouses at the waterside resort will face the lagoons filled with fish and shellfish.
• Tower: A Work Zone for 10,000 People
Here you will see the New Industry Incubation Office and Plant Factory that will seek to fuse Nature and technology.
• Terrestrial Forest: Biodiversity through a mixture of forest and farmland
Forest, fields, waterways, reservoirs and grasslands will allow humans to contact with Nature and to get the first hand exposure to agriculture.
• Marine Forest: Biodiversity in coastal waters
Touting water purification techniques and enhancing the biodiversity of the shallows, this area will be perfectly suited for shellfish and algae harvesting.