Floating Life

The “Floating Life” project involves the transformation of the existing dried-out wetlands into active system of livable and navigable basins thanks to an innovative urban development. This new systemic strategy will take shape along the river Ljubljanica; a symbolic place that recalls the dawn of the primordial communities.


Physical connections are guaranteed by floating common spaces like cyclable paths and pedestrian terraces located between the water and the platforms, designed not just as places for socializing but also to observe nature and biodiversity.


The urban model of “Floating Life” is characterized by a technological grid defining the digital flows from one point of the community to another: an interface that allows the self-sufficiency of the platforms and a digital information sharing network. Above this grid are placed amphibious-hybrid buildings characterized by a system of floating platforms connected to a central tank, becoming the technological heart of the whole system and providing pure and drinkable water for everyone.


The “Floating Life” project does not presume to impose itself as a traditional urban project but wants to start a dialogue for activating ideas and reflections. Indeed, it does not try to manipulate nature. The project aims to support it using smart buildings and active landscapes able to adapt to different conditions of the natural environment.



Type: Urban Development

Location: Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO)‎ - Ljubljana

Dates: 18.10.2018 - 24.03.2019

Project: SET Architects

Team: Lorenzo Catena, Onorato Di Manno, Andrea Tanci, Clelia Nanni

Coordinators and Promoters: Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO)‎ - Ljubljana (Matevz Celik, Milan Dinevski, Damjan Kokalevski)

Photo: Luka Karlin/MAO

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