A surreal floating prison running on tidal energy

Margot Krasojevic has brought out a concept house that run on tidal energy for those promoting green living and wants to experience a real coastal life.

In ‘hydroelectric waterfall prison’ a jail 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.

Built offshore and projecting out of the ocean, this Hydroelectric Waterfall Prison has a creative solution for the dousing effects of climate change.


The home’s concrete foundation will be anchored to rock with the living quarters are buoyant floating up and down on the tides. However, the movement will be too negligible to be noticed by house’s occupants.

The work suggests two types of extruded turbines, including lightweight aluminum chambers, which compress trapped air when a wave breaks into them, creating an electrical current.

The second type of sustainable energy uses neodymium magnets to move through wound copper wire tubes, producing a charge as an oscillation pushes and pulls against the extruded chambers with the energy stored in a capacitor.


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 weight 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.