The 8th continent is a design that restores good health to the ocean and recycles plastic.

Senior designer at Zaha Hadid Architects in London, Lenka Petráková, cultivated this concept for her student master thesis at the University of Applied Arts in Studio Hani Rashid after studying ocean pollution.

She said that the design was borne from the destroyal of the oceans and the number of species that are extinct, the amount of pollution tainting the waves, etc.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) says that a minimum of 8 million tonnes of plastic are left in the sea annually. And most of this plastic makes it into our meals and our systems. In addition, 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed due to the effects of plastic pollution every year.

Petráková reconfigured her concepts several months ago and the final idea has won the 2020 Grand Prix award for architecture and innovation of the sea, at the competition started by Foundation Jacques Rougerie.

The designer found her inspiration in marine life when conceptualising her project. She designed the floating station as a “living organism that is fully self-sustainable,” she says.

She was seeking marine species, animals and plants. And she was studying how they interacted with water environments, how they harvested energy and collaborated with nutritions, etc.

Her concept was to create a concept that cleans the ocean but one that returns health to the waves.

The station removes plastic from the ocean and contains research and education stations and an ocean plastic recycle centre. It generates its own energy and comes complete with greenhouses and desalination centres.


Source: Euro News.Com