hydroelectric waterfall prison by margot krasojevic hydroelectric waterfall prison by margot krasojevic
mar 26, 2013

hydroelectric waterfall prison by margot krasojevic

‘hydroelectic waterfall prison’ by margot krasojevic, pacific oceanall images courtesy of dr. margot krasojevic

 

 

 

dr. margot krasojevic uses the parameters of digital technology to analyze and create spaces deep-seated with the psychology of its inhabitants. the intangible mental exchanges that occur in architecture create a basis for her designs and often serve multiple purposes. in ‘hydroelectric waterfall prison’ a penitentiary becomes a power station, using the off-shore site of the pacific ocean to generate energy using a ring of wave converters along the main concrete structure. 

the jail in the context of the pacific ocean images © margot krasojevic

 

 

 

the steel reinforced material allows the vertical form to accommodate a floating, tension leg platform tethered to the seabed. tyson turbines further stabilize four semi-submersible columns and bolster a series of cantilevered loops that distribute the weigh of the building. ocean water pumped up to the main concrete structure is distributed to a fiber-clad surface that regulates the pressure of the water as it falls on the turbines. a shaft in the building powers an electrical generator that runs energy to the mainland. in this way, the jail contributes to the harnessing of electricity. holographic filtered glass panels are embedded in a web of reinforced steel creating a layered effect of interior prison life and the surreal ocean surroundings. additionally, inmate’s cells are lined with semi-transparent optical mirror which provides superimposed views into and through the cells, creating a faux-open plan space. these architectonic gestures make the foucauldian idea of the panopticon more complex by fracturing the boundaries of the building and rendering it a kaleidoscopic observatory.

view of the recreational chamber image © margot krasojevic

 

 

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hydroelectric prison by margot krasojevica view of the overall form image © margot krasojevic

 

  • The new ‘Devils Island’. Rather than a prison, maybe we can sell it to Gun Nuts as place they can be together in total safety from normal people…

    Jim

    jimCan says:
  • levitation or deep foundation?

    ervin says:
  • Constructed from reinforced concrete, it’s vertical structure consists of a floating tension-leg platform tethered to the seabed eliminating most vertical movement, with depths up to 2,000m.
    The concrete support is connected to 4-column semi-submersibles further stabilised by floating Tyson turbines,
    Not levitation.

    Margot says:
  • is this a joke?

    felix says:
  • Levitation, of course! And they expect to generate more electricity than it takes to lift the water they use to generate it.

    Connie says:
  • great idea for a prison – for all the pot smokers!

    trimtab21 says:
  • Not entering the matter of it’s architectural/design quality aesthetic etc. I do have some questions, but mainly:
    Where is the prison?
    All I see is nicely curvaceous shapes and volumes but nothing ressembling a correctional program. Surely Margot intended to design one (all my respects for the time and effort invested in the project and 3D), but if it weren’t for the title I would most certainly assume this is a hotel/sports complex or something similar. Never a prison.
    In addition, I believe it’s a courageous attitude to put such a huge glass façade and it surely could be spectacular once inside, but the green colour just isn’t the right one unless the intention is to drive people crazy and make them feel dizzy.
    Finally I would really like to know how the energy shall be obtained through those “wave converters” since it isn’t clear at all. How does the whole system work? And yes, as Ervin stated before, what’s the foundation+structure?

    BenFigHen says:
  • …still like it though!

    conniie says:
  • LOVE IT! OIL RIG CONSTRUCTION,

    LUCY says:
  • It may not be completely thought out but I like the direction it’s headed in, as an architectural identity it has a strong strategy even though it may be far from any realisation, it’s an attempt. The typology is interesting and as for the aeshetic you can either like it or hate it, subjectivity is still relevant even though academia dismiss the notion. Everyone keeps questioning the foundation structure but it’s obviously an oil rig. Refer to:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Types_of_offshore_oil_and_gas_structures.jpg

    PaulT says:
  • http://youtu.be/S8eRDkiwGMM
    Now this I like!!!!Project and Beefheart

    Pasc says:
  • http://youtu.be/fpfjOs0IZfk
    Buoyancy Hydro Airlift Pump, we use this on the farm in SA. Also the prison construction is obviously an oilrig partly tied to seabed.Spar tower

    Pasc says:
  • http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d9/Types_of_offshore_oil_and_gas_structures.jpg

    I think this is an oil rig floating structure. Very courageous! Greetings from Doha!

    Farsheed Sidiki says:
  • This is the single most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. Also, why do you feel the need to use irrelevant, excessive and pretentious languange to accompany this?

    Oh and who was stupid enough to pay for the renders???

    Jamie says:
  • Seems like you’re the only stupid one here Jamie. I’m Sure you can’t render for crap

    conni says:
  • Brilliant project! Very witty.

    reznerL says:
  • There’s some good online dictionaries you can use Jamie, seeing as you are having obvious problems understanding the text. Just tryin’ to help.

    SINEADGRAHAM says:
  • Why do comments have to be rude, is it a problem with vocabulary? Crtic is essential negative or positive but the manner in which they are delivered is also important. I don’t understand the need to call people stupid, very sad.
    -Al Luqta, Doha

    Farsheed Sidiki says:

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