The Eighth Continent

Design of a floating station that collects waste from the sea surface thanks to barriers.

The Eighth Continent

A project by Lenka Petráková, a young architect from Slovakia, who is based in London at Zaha Hadid Architects.

The Eighth Continent is a design for a floating station that collects waste from the surface of the sea thanks to barriers. The waste is then either biodegraded and used for its own needs, or stored and transported to land for further processing.

The 8th Continent

The project won the 2020 Grand Prix Award for Marine Architecture and Innovation from the Jacques Rougerie Foundation.

The station consists of five main parts:

1 – The barrier, which is used to collect waste and gain tidal energy

2 – The collector, where waste is sorted, biodegraded and stored

3 – A research and education centre for studying and presenting an increasingly worrying aspect of the water environment

4 – Greenhouses in which plants are grown and water is de-salted

5 – Residential areas and public spaces (underwater viewing platform)

Design of the floating structure “Eighth
continent” resembles a flower dancing on water

The 8th continent

Ocean Cleaning and Research Facility

Author: Lenka Petráková

2020 Awards:
Grand Prix Award Jacques Rougerie Foundation Marine Architecture and Innovation

2020 Render of the Year – Directors Award

Thesis 2017 University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Studio Hani Rashid

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