The Lexis Hibiscus resort at Port Dickson in Malaysia is a sustainable development built on water.
The hibiscus is the national flower of Malaysia and its form provided design inspiration for the project.
Lexis Hibiscus is the brainchild of Jason Pomeroy, an architect and urbanist focused on sustainable, water-based design.
Waterborne communities are not a new idea. This is a floating market on a khlong, or canal, in Bangkok, Thailand, circa 1965.
Vendors wait for business at a floating market in Bangbuathong, Thailand.
Chong Kneas is a long-standing floating village on the Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia.
The 4 Rivers Floating Lodge in Koh Kong is a resort of 12 luxury yurts that float on the Cambodian section of the Mekong River, an hour's drive from the Thai border,
NGOs and other charities provided money to build the Makoko Floating School in Lagos, Nigeria. It has more than 300 students, all of whom travel to and from school via canoe.
The school has a focus on sustainability -- solar panels have been installed on the rooftop and rainwater is collected through a network of pipes.
Earlier this year Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut revealed his ambitious plans for a series of underwater eco-villages, each of which could house up to 20,000 people in the future.
The Novaliches Eco Park in Quezon City, Philippines, is a 50-hectare masterplan design that embraces the natural landscape -- including a reservoir -- to create a series of self-sustaining eco-villages. The design aims to reduce energy and water consumption by 50% through the use of sustainable water recycling, solar panels and automated energy management systems.
The floating houses of Ijburg in Amsterdam.
Sometimes floating communities wake up to find there is flat ground outside their front doors, as here in Ijburg.