(Amanda Froelich) Are you tired of living in Suburbia? Perhaps in the future, you can apply to live on the high seas in a community of self-sufficient, solar-powered pyramid-shaped buildings.
by Amanda Froelich, May 8th, 2018
The Waya abodes, designed by Pierpaolo Lazzarini, are inspired by Mayan and Japanese architecture. The pyramid-shaped buildings come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are designed to serve different purposes. As New Atlas reports, some exist as homes whereas others function as greenhouses, hotels, and cinemas. The largest is conceived to be 98 feet (30 meters) tall, above the water line.
Lazzarini envisions the Waya modules being constructed from fiberglass, carbon fiber, and steel. They would be installed atop large, floating platforms with basements suitable for use as optional underwater bedrooms.
Solar-powered motors would propel the structures. The community would also have a small marina to accommodate boats and other water crafts. Each Waya module would receive electricity from rooftop solar panel arrays and water turbines.
Though the Wayaland project is still in the concept stage, Lazzarini intends to raise the necessary funds to begin construction with a crowdfunding campaign.
According to Lazzarini, the first (and smallest) Waya module will cost approximately $422,600 USD (€350,000). To raise funds for the project, he intends to launch a crowdfunding campaign, as well as offer people a stay in the module for the cost of $1,200 USD (€1,000) per night.
Those who support the project will also be granted a vote on where Wayaland would be located (from a pre-selected list of suitable locations). They will also be invited to a planned 2022 inauguration.
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