South Korea to build world's first floating city

Concerns about global sea level rise are on the rise, and the idea of ​​building climate-resilient cities on the water is gaining momentum. UN-Habitat, Bjarke Ingels Group, SAMOO (Samsung Group), Oceanix and other companies have joined forces to build South Korea's first floating city.

The plan was presented back in 2019, but since then it has only evolved. The project was named Oceanix Busan because of its planned location off the coast of South Korean Busan. It will be three huge floating platforms connected to the mainland, which will contain residential buildings, public spaces with restaurants and scientific areas. However, the project can be expanded to 20 islands with a much larger capacity.

This will be the first ever prototype of a sustainable community on the water. Connected areas of 6.3 hectares will accommodate 12,000 residents with 30,000-40,000 sq.m of common space in each area. The floating platforms will be connected to the continent by bridges around the lagoon with spaces for relaxation, creativity and concerts.

The buildings will be made of environmentally friendly materials, incl. wood, and located in a special way to provide natural ventilation. The community will be powered by solar panels, greenhouses will grow food, and water use will be kept to a minimum.

The start of the project is scheduled for 2023. Oceanix guarantees that the first phase of construction will be completed by 2027.