A Waya is neither yacht nor house, but takes the best of each and delivers a new living concept. It’s a modular floating building inspired by Mayan architecture and partly from a Japanese temple, Lazzarini Design explains. The studio imagines one small unit as the core of the Wayaland community, a “new offshore living experience, […] built around the human on the water.”
Wayaland is a floating city comprised of Wayas of various sizes and functionality. Depending on size, layout and features, Wayas can serve as hotels, residential units, gyms, greenhouses, cinemas, shops, sports venues (of smaller sizes) and, of course, floating beach clubs.
Made of fiberglass, carbon fiber, and steel, all Wayas include a floating platform with an underwater room that can also serve a variety of purposes, from underwater bedrooms to extra storage space. All units, regardless of size, would be able to move around for short distances, presumably at very slow speeds, and would be moored the rest of the time using a 4-point anchoring system much like the U.F.O. concept we discussed on a previous occasion. The modules themselves could serve as mooring docks for powerboats or larger watercraft, or even as charging stations for these.
Speaking of charging, Lazzarini Design imagines all modules fitted with solar panels and other alternative energy sources like wind turbines and a system of batteries hidden in the floating platform. Also there would be weights that would keep the units stable.
“In the submerged part of each floating structure, a large amount of storage space is used for the engines, equipments, generators or additional energy resources,” Lazzarini further says.
Functionality of the basic Waya could extend underwater, as noted above. A greenhouse Waya, for instance, could include a submerged room that would serve as bedroom or living quarters for whoever is tending to the floating garden.
In theory, Wayaland is a beautiful, bold dream for a not too distant future: life as a perpetual holiday with no impact on the environment, but a hefty one on the residents’ budget. In reality, the concept has been around since at least 2018 and has, so far, failed to garner any financial interest, for all the headlines it’s been making.
Should the project secure the desired amount, Lazzarini Design will open the first Waya in 2022.