Located in Indian ocean, Floating Artificial Coral Reef Station project will protect Indonesian coastline from Tsunamis as well as support the growth of natural coral. This conceptual electric coral reef station features moveable steel girders as its framework along with steel reef ball structures which are designed in a way to protect coral reef ecosystem.
Coral reefs provide shelter for marine life, they are also valuable sources of organisms for potential medicines, at the same time, they also create sand for beaches. We can find corals in both shallow and deep ocean water, this project proposal has been designed to cater both criteria as it is anchored into the ocean bed with flexible steel ties in order to allow the platform to move slightly with its environment. It’s a crucial feature as artificial reefs will grow around these flexible stanchions that house electrical cables to connect floating fan such as solar panels to the submerged steel frame. There are small bits of natural coral attached to the steel frame in order to generate further growth.
Designer : Margot Krasojević
The electrical system is low enough that divers can swim around the structure safely, yet strong enough to create an electric field around the frame in order to condense dissolved calcium carbonate out of seawater and attach it to the steel frame to build limestone skeleton. Coral fragments that cover the frame help limestone skeleton growth, it’s a foundation to develop natural corals.
Floating Artificial Coral Reef Station supports the growth or health reefs, it creates great protection from destructive tsunami disaster since healthy reefs have rougher surfaces to slow down waves. By slowing down force of waves, when they approach the shore, these reefs can help reduce the distance of these waves traveling inland.
The main design of this reef station is based on complex geometries such as Veroni patterns and textures in order to be able to create enough drag to slow down waves that passing over it.