Federation Island by Erick van Egeraat

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Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat has unveiled plans for an artificial archipelago in the Black Sea, which is the shape of Russia.

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The giant project will house a luxury leisure development housing 25,000 people.

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Here is the press release from Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects:

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Erick van Egeraat presents plans for archipelago in Black Sea

23 September 2007

Erick van Egeraat presented his plans for Federation Island to the President of the Russian Federation, Mr Vladimir Putin.

The presentation was held at the International Investment Forum 2007 in the future Olympic host city Sochi.

 Federation Island is a 330 ha artificial archipelago, located off the coast of Sochi, in the Russian Black Sea.

The archipelago offers residences, hotels, cultural, leisure and recreational facilities. Federation Island will be built in the shape of the Russian Federation and reflects the country’s major geographical features. The Russian river network is used as a reference for the island’s waterlines; the big mountains inspire the island relief.

Federation Island comprises seven main, more than a dozen private and three breakwater islands. Sandy beaches, dunes, grasslands, bushes, small forests and riverside offer enough variety for accommodation ranging from beach residences, luxury villas and apartments to dune, river and cliff houses.

President Putin especially inquired about technical details and construction time. Erick van Egeraat assured that the Dutch experience in reclaiming land from water will benefit the project, which he considers to be unique among its kind.

Federation Island is located at around 15 km from Sochi and the regional Adler airport. City, marina, airport and the skiing resort of Krasnaya Polyana can be easily reached from the archipelago.

The region of Sochi has a humid subtropical climate with an average summer temperature of 25 to 28 degrees Celsius. Studies show that the archipelago will have a positive effect on the local climate.

The project is being developed by M-Industries of St. Petersburg and designed by Erick van Egeraat in co-operation with Dutch engineering companies Witteveen + Bos and Van Oord Dredging and Marine.

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  • roadkill

    i HATE this type of projects… the lack of any ethics by some mediocre architects continues to astonish me! Lets spoil a bit of cost line but building a man-made island full of fenced in houses as a playground for millionaires…

    What a wast of energy…

  • Oliver Ike

    It’s really a disgusting project, I agree. Just that some Russian tycoon can park another bit of his cash.

  • abdulqadirabas

    damn!!..it is happening again.., i think this kind of jokes will finally stop,but it seems neverending…

  • mattattack

    instant world, just add sand.

  • PHd

    It’s unbelievable that someone actually paid for such an feeble plan. The architect should go back to college and get into a complete other field preferably avoiding townplanning or architecture.
    Ther are thousands of first year architecture students that make these kind of plans just to aggrevate teachers.

  • OMG

    People shoud have their architect qualifications canceled for doing such things !!!!

    This is ridiculous waste of energy and material in a world thats already being tortured …

  • roadkill

    Truck Driver you’re the twat

  • G.W.B

    Thank you Dubai for the inspiration, every country should have one like this.

  • flytoget

    No way they’ll have this thing done for the Olympics.

  • astro moonshine

    let the millionaires spend their money, we’ll have the natural coastline back when the ice caps melt.

  • GL

    What do you do for Money,Honey

  • Giuliano Granata

    It would be very helpful for your readers to be able to e-mail
    your articles to other persons.

    With best regards. GG

  • Marquinhos

    You are really OK astro moonshine!
    In Valencia they are trying to do a SH*T like this and that’s not allowed by several Spanish and European laws, but they say “with some political will it could be done”… what? Environment is not only Earth surface.
    There’s something worng in humans…

  • http://www.urbandesign.eu Grey

    (Reaction from the first sight of the plan)

    I agree it could be so much more with so much less, but I’m not a millionaire. And I can imagine this kind of ‘exclusive’ development is exactly what the Russian millionaire culture is waiting for. I even guess anything less unnatural and less waistfull would just not be accepted!

    The keen mind of the businessoriented architect just fills in the gap. Now we can hope he’ll have the workethic to give it all attention necessary to make it into the Russian equivalent of Venice for the future. Not abusing the place for short term benefits, afterwords converging into a dead end.