Skeleton Coast City


Name: Carlheinz von Geyso

Nationality: South Africa

Institution / Company: Architect at Nordic Office of Architecture


-FINALIST of Waterless World Competition


Skeleton Coast City is a proposal for an urban typology anchored into the shores off Namibia’s skeleton coast.


Addressing the impacts of ensuring scarcity, the project investigates oceanic environments as livable habitats for humans while ensuring marine life can thrive.


Master plan: 

The master plan is developed by stepping and mirroring 250m tall solar assisted stacks between floating solar water stills. Both the towers and the floating water stills are positioned to gain optimal solar exposure. In addition to providing a raft structure for urban networks, the floating water stills channel fresh water directly to the mainland where agricultural opportunities can become possible.  



The glass lined solar assisted stacks make passive ventilation optimal, while housing a dendritic network of transportation infrastructure and services that connect to the cantilevering housing complexes. Vertical fog catchers can be dropped down between the housing complexes to provide water to the roof parks on each complex.



Each tower generate electricity by means transparent photovoltaic facades and provides fresh water by mean of a local reverse osmosis plant. Wastewater filters through a treatment plant and is further processed by bio-filter pools that encourage marine life to develop and make local fishing opportunities possible. 


# Ocean habitats # Global warming # Water shortage # Sewage and waste treatment # Smart cities

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