As the issue of climate change still hovers over every significant hallway and conference room all over the world, the team at Waterstudio has already developed a solution that can be used in any city today.
Headed by Koen Olthuis, the crew designed “The Parthenon” – a floating breakwater that also acts as an energy generator. It was aptly called its name because of the 3-foot cylinders that comprise the part of it that is submerged in the water, columns that are highly reminiscent of the Greek temple. Instead of fighting against the crashing waves, The Parthenon transforms it into usable energy. The cylinders or columns rotate underneath at low speed and stores energy inside. The whole structure is anchored so pedestrians can still use the exposed part as an urban green space.
Talking about its concept, Waterstudio says, “The Parthenon blue energy sea wall resembles the column structure of the famous ancient temple in Greece but divers see it as a part of the sunken city of Atlantis.”