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Audacious plan hatched to build a floating city in South Korea

Audacious plan hatched to buil...
Some of Oceanix Busan's buildings will be constructed from sustainably sourced timber
Some of Oceanix Busan's buildings will be constructed from sustainably sourced timber
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Oceanix Busan is planned for the South Korean city of Busan
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Oceanix Busan is planned for the South Korean city of Busan
Oceanix Busan will consist of three main floating islands, which will host 12,000 people, with the potential to grow up to 20 islands and many more people
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Oceanix Busan will consist of three main floating islands, which will host 12,000 people, with the potential to grow up to 20 islands and many more people
Oceanix Busan will be connected to the shoreline in Busan with a series of walkways
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Oceanix Busan will be connected to the shoreline in Busan with a series of walkways
Some of Oceanix Busan's buildings will be constructed from sustainably sourced timber
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Some of Oceanix Busan's buildings will be constructed from sustainably sourced timber
Oceanix Busan will include a research center and an area for socializing that includes cafes and bars
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Oceanix Busan will include a research center and an area for socializing that includes cafes and bars
Oceanix Busan will be fully powered by solar panels and some of its buildings will be covered in greenery, improving their insulation
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Oceanix Busan will be fully powered by solar panels and some of its buildings will be covered in greenery, improving their insulation
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As concerns about rising sea levels continue to grow, the idea of people living in climate-resilient and sustainable floating cities is beginning to gain traction. UN-Habitat, the Bjarke Ingels Group, SAMOO (Samsung Group), Oceanix and others have joined forces to research this further and plan to build a prototype floating city in South Korea.

The project, which involves too many firms to list in full, was first unveiled back in 2019 but has developed considerably since then. The initial prototype is named Oceanix Busan, due to its planned location off the coast of the South Korean city of Busan.

It will consist of three main floating island platforms that will connect to the nearby shore. It's expected to host up to 12,000 people, and the platforms will host housing, social areas with bars and cafes, as well as research areas. The prototype floating city could have the potential to grow up to 20 islands and many more people, though.

"Oceanix Busan is the world's first prototype of a resilient and sustainable floating community," said a press release from UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlement Programme. "The interconnected neighborhoods total 6.3 hectares [15.5 acres] to accommodate a community of 12,000 people. Each neighborhood is designed to serve a specific purpose – living, research, and lodging. There are between 30,000 to 40,000 sq m [322,000 - 430,000] of mixed-use programs per neighborhood. The floating platforms connect to the land with link-span bridges framing the sheltered blue lagoon of floating recreation, art, and performance outposts."

Oceanix Busan will consist of three main floating islands, which will host 12,000 people, with the potential to grow up to 20 islands and many more people
Oceanix Busan will consist of three main floating islands, which will host 12,000 people, with the potential to grow up to 20 islands and many more people

The buildings will be largely constructed from sustainably sourced timber and situated to maximize passive ventilation. The entire development will be fully powered by photovoltaic panels, while greenhouses will be used to grow food and water usage will be minimized.

According to the Independent, the project is due to begin construction in 2023 and Oceanix has confirmed to us that the first phase should be completed by 2027. It's certainly an ambitious undertaking and it will be fascinating to see it progress.

Sources: Oceanix, UN-Habitat

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Nelson Hyde Chick
All those giant ships they destroy, why can't they be made into housing, something like this, city of them.