Lily Pads Aren’t Snowflakes…


[Image: PLOTs Dolphinarium and Wellness Center]

…apparently two can be alike.

To be honest, I don’t really know what the deal is here. I received an email from Vincent Callebaut Architectures a couple week’s ago now about his new LILYPAD , A Floating Ecopolis for Ecological Refugees project, and forgot to post it – then today I see this article on Archinect commenting on the similarities between Callebaut’s project and PLOT‘s Mermaid proposal.

Ah, controversy – got to love it. You be the judge, and we’ll try to find out some additional info. Maybe it’s just an incredible coincidence.


[Image: Vincent Callebaut’s LILYPAD , A Floating Ecopolis for Ecological Refugees

What do you ninjas think?

::Ed. Note: My apologies, the ‘Mermaid’ proposal was by PLOT – which split into JDS and BIG. Sometimes these guys get confusing…::

Posted: June 20th, 2008
at 5:00am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,my ninja, please,news

Comments: 4 comments


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  1. hi there..just a correction. The Dolphinarium and Wellness Center was developed by PLOT (both Bjarke Ingels and Julien de Smedt) if you look is JDS architects the project is also there.
    There’s a video is this site:

    if anyone would like to see this project being presented among others.

    Although the two projects are very similar I think that they gained that shape for diferent reasons, but well, as you stated: gotta love some controversy 😀


    20 Jun 08 at 8:54 am


  2. Thanks for the correction! It’s always tough to know if something was PLOT, JDS or BIG…

    And I agree – they seem to have been developed from completely different trains of thought, and I don’t personally think Vincent was ‘copying’ the proposal by PLOT by any means. But I mean, damn – they really look alike.


    20 Jun 08 at 10:29 am


  3. the weird thing is that Plot’s proposal isn’t suppose to fit any place particular, it’s a like a project that is based on program issues, but not on “place issues”…I think they are still looking for a place to build it 😀

    There’s another interesting thing about both projects: more and more architects are looking at the oceans and rivers as places to build in order no run away from the density of the over developed seaside cities. There are actually no big limits to this approach.


    20 Jun 08 at 11:31 am


  4. It is highly similar. And if you goes for his another proposal for hongkong, here, it is very similar to MASS Studies’s proposal for Seoul, here,


    26 Jun 08 at 3:09 pm



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