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The Wayaland Floating Community is a Chic and Real Waterland

Pierpaolo Lazzarini, the Italian designer behind the UFO 2.0 floating home, has conceived his own Waterland – the Wayaland Floating Community – made up of solar-powered pyramid-shaped buildings.

Apr 30, 2018 | By Shirley Wang

Pierpaolo Lazzarini, the Italian designer behind the UFO 2.0 floating home, has conceived his own Waterland with the Wayaland Floating Community, made up of solar-powered pyramid-shaped buildings.

The proposed ‘city’ Wayaland that will be made up of floating pyramid homes of various sizes and functions.

The buoyant pyramids are inspired by a fusion of Mayan architecture and Japanese temples. Multiple modules can be paired together, housing spas, shops, and restaurants to create an entire city. Currently, models for a suite, a villa, a club, and a hotel have been released but their modular design allows for their function to be flexible for their residential owners.

The Wayaland Floating Community would consist of a group of pyramid-shaped floating buildings called Waya that are inspired by Mayan and Japanese architecture. The chassis is made from fiberglass, carbon fiber, and steel, with basements below waterline that is suitable for use as optional underwater bedrooms.

Waya modules will serve as houses, as well as communal pools, hotels, retail, and entertainment spaces.

The modules will serve different purposes to offer ‘different living and entertainment settings’, as Lazzarini Design says, with various building offerings services from ‘hotel, shops, spa, gym, bars, greenhouse for produce or cinema’.

The biggest base is 31,387sq.ft, which can be stacked with different modules to make up a personalised floating pyramid home.

Prospective owners can customise the different modules to stack upon the base, depending on their lifestyle, with the largest Waya being able to rise up to 30m tall above the waterline. All bases will also feature a spacious entrance for watercrafts to moor, and a reception to access the rooms.

A blueprint showing how a bar Waya module would be stacked onto a floating base

Designed with a self-sustaining concept, the pyramidal shape of the buildings allows the entire external surface of the buildings to be used to store solar energy. Energy will be provided autonomously from the solar panels and water turbines to power the services and systems in the Wayaland Floating Community.

Besides clean energy, the pyramids also include desalinators and additional energy resources in the basement storage. The Waya while anchored to stay in its position, can also be maneuvered with low mounted engines.

Stop for a drink at one of the bar Waya modules in their prospective dining offerings.

The Wayaland Floating Community is presently in the concept stage and a crowdfunding campaign is planned to launch. A stay in the module will be priced at €1,000 ($1,600) per night, including a stake in the vote for the location of project, as well as an invitation to the inauguration. The first (and smallest) Waya module reportedly costs €350,000 (about US$561,890) for construction.

Watch the video below for a tour of the proposed space.


Aimed to be complete in 2022, the Wayaland Floating Community will cost prospective residents from £350,000 and up.

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