Award for “Eighth Continent” that cleans the ocean

Photo: Lenka Petrakova

The hopeless situation, which was brought to us by the excessive plasticity in the ocean, was followed by an extremely unusual response. Architect Lenka Petrakova designed a floating concept called the “Eighth Continent”, whose role is to collect and recycle waste, but also to serve as a scientific research center for scientists to monitor the level of pollution. For her masterpiece, Petrakova won the renowned “Grand Prix” award for architecture.

As if taken from the pages of a science fiction comic, the concept of “Eighth Continent” shows an imposing building that radiates sustainability.

This self-propelled facility uses sea currents to move the waste towards the collector where it is further treated and recycled.

Striking greenhouses in the shape of large sails are used to collect condensed water, while solar panels covering the greenhouses provide enough energy to heat the water tank, allowing evaporation and desalination.

Even plants would be grown in greenhouses, and scientists would have the opportunity to monitor the processes that take place on water and learn from the biological functions of marine organisms.

A harmonious whole of five levels

Photo: Lenka Petrakova

This descendant of futuristic architecture and the latest scientific advances consists of five levels that give it multiple purposes:

1) A barrier that serves to collect waste and collect tidal energy

2) Collector, where waste is sorted, recycled and stored

3) Center for Education and Research of the Aquatic Environment

4) Greenhouses in which plants are grown and water is desalinated

5) Living spaces with accompanying facilities

Each of the main parts is designed in accordance with the requirements of the environment so as to enable the self-sufficiency of the station. The research-educational center is connected to the collector and greenhouses, while residential spaces, public spaces and ancillary facilities pass through the center of the building and connect all parts.

Milena Maglovski

Source: Energetski portal Srbije by

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