Slovak designer wins top prize for ocean station that removes plastics from sea

Her design is inspired by water animals and plants.

Prototype of the stationPrototype of the station (Source: Lenka Petráková/Sme daily)

Every year, almost 13 million tonnes of plastic waste end up in the ocean. The waste in the ocean is slowly forming another continent.

However, Slovak architect Lenka Petráková is contributing possible solutions to this global problem.

Her design of a scientific station that cleans the ocean, named the 8th continent, was awarded the top prize in the architectonic competition Grand Prix 2020, the Sme daily reported.

Petráková designed a floating station that cleans the ocean and rebalances the sea environment.

“The floating station should collect plastic remains from the water surface and dissolve it into recyclable material,” Petráková told the Sme daily. “Besides the improvement of the water condition, it creates an interdisciplinary platform to show the disturbing side of the sea environment.”

She was inspired by water animals and plants and how they react to the dynamic conditions of the water environment when designing it.

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