If you were going to build a giant, floating city-like structure capable of sustaining an ecosystem’s wildlife, what would you call it? Noah’s Arc? If so, then you’re about as uncreative as everybody else out there. Designers Aleksandar Joksimovic and Jelena Nikolic have just unveiled their new floating island design. This would be a tad more remarkable if somebody hadn’t already done just that, and given it the exact same name.
Still, putting aside all of the obvious similarities between these two floating structures, this arc (we’ll call it “Arc 2”) is actually a much better design than the previous one (let’s go with “Arc 1”). Whereas Arc 1 was some kind of hugely massive pyramid-like structure that was essentially intended to be floating city, Arc 2 takes a much more green approach to building a floating island. Arc 1 was well intentioned, but without some sort of farm-like feature or fields to allow the island’s inhabitants to grow their own food, they would be so incredibly reliant on terrestrial cities that the whole point of having the floating island becomes moot.
The designers of Arc 2, on the other hand, actually considered the realistic demands of life on a floating island. The terraced terrain is designed to allow the inhabitants to grow and harvest food. Wind energy converters spaced across the surface of the island would give the locals all of the renewable energy they could ever need. Tidal power generators installed into the bottom of the structure would further boost energy production. Another rather ingenious design feature are the lake-like depressions that allow the Arc 2 to collect and store rainwater.
And just to make the Arc 2 as green as possible, Aleksandar and Jelena add that it would be easy to grow coral onto the sides and bottom of the Arc 2 to promote the growth of local ecosystems. This would actually have an additional advantage in that the coral would attract fish, which would provide the inhabitants with a constant supply of food.
The Arc 2 obviously can’t hold as many people as the Arc 1, but its features make it much more capable of sustaining its population for long periods of time. If we ever do make the transition to aquatic living, structures such as the Arc 2 will need to serve as the inspiration for these waterborne habitats.