It is Oceanix City, the first sustainable and floating city in the world, resistant to floods, with its own energy generated by solar panels.
Oceanix will be built off the coast of South Korea in 2025, inspired by the rise in sea levels and the survival of humanity.
The project is endorsed by the UN, it will be “a flood-proof infrastructure” composed of several islands high above sea level to avoid the risk of flooding.
a self-sufficient city
On top of the city’s buildings, solar panels will be placed to generate electricity. In addition, food will be produced using aeroponic and aquaponic techniques, in addition to conventional greenhouses and farms in the firm zone.
The city’s goal is to withstand natural disasters, including floods, tsunamis and Category 5 hurricanes, as its floating platforms will be anchored to the seabed.
How much will this project cost?
Construction of the floating city is estimated to cost around $200 million and will begin shortly thanks to a “historic agreement” signed by the Republic of Korea’s metropolitan city of Busan, UN-Habitat and New York’s Oceanix designers.
The use of local materials will be prioritized in the city’s construction, such as bamboo, which has six times the tensile strength of steel and a negative carbon footprint.
The structures built in the city will not exceed the height of seven stories to create a low center of gravity and resist the wind.
The city’s surface area has yet to be defined, but it is estimated that around 75 hectares it can accommodate up to 10,000 residents, according to the project’s leaders.
Why in Busan?
Like many coastal cities, Busan is threatened by rising sea levels and flooding, so this infrastructure can help resolve this future catastrophe.