Sochi Will Have Artificial Islands


When you first see these fantastic drafts, your eyes go wondering over the pics, looking for the name of the Arab Emirate where these building are going to be erected. But this time it is not about rich eastern countries, the sketches present us what Russian Sochi will see in just a couple of years. Artificial islands and high buildings on piles, up above the watery waste will emerge in the Black sea in just a few years. Each of the projects – Pier-Hotel, Catamaran, Sea-Star, Olympic Island and Southern Outpost – has its own proportions and level of detail. The upcoming Olympic Games want Russian architects make the best of what they can.



The basis of the building will be constructed the way they do with sea oil platforms, the foundations will be supported by light but firm piles used in building high constructions on the shores. The authors of the project, “A.Asadov architectural studio”, think that the nature beauty of the resort will be completely kept as it is even with all these new structures. The architectures are going to apply eco-technologies and use alternative energy sources while implementing the plan.



They assure that the Pier-Hotel, being the most realistic concept, will have additional floors, the hotel’s roof will be turned into a public space, which will be extended with the coastal park.



The Catamaran will be constructed in front of the city centre, it cannot be put up downtown just because there is already no free space left. The breakwaters will be prolonged with two hotel blocks with artificial landscapes on the roofs.




Between the buildings they are going to create “man-made land” for new hotels to be build right here.





The Sea-Star is an autonomous island, which will be connected with the main land by a “stem” – this will be a “navel string”, along which people and autos will go to the Star and be able to get back. Five hotel towers form the island’s silhouette and its inner space. Between them the architects want to have green petals, which are designed to represent the oasis.



The Olympic island is the biggest and the most symbolic part of the project. Near the coastline they are going to root five circle-shaped platforms, which will be tied to one another and to the mainland as well with pedestrian overpasses and highway bridges.




Following the Olympic symbolism, the platforms will represent five continents – Europe, Asia, America, Africa and Australia, each circle has a tower of an Olympic color in the center.


We hope the project will be carried out just right and tourists won’t have to see another boring thing as it very often happens in Russia. Exciting prospects, poor implementation.

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30 thoughts on “Sochi Will Have Artificial Islands”

    • Drunk russians just speak but nothing will happen, as always. I can bet that it will be never built. I know, I worked in Russia, i ve seen a lot of projects like that.

      • If you don’t know what you are looking for BEFORE going to Russia – YOU are waisting your time. And you are right – only Russians can live in Russia. Don’t complain about where you lived – you probably lived more comfortable then most Russians.

        • Oh no, I lived like most of them. I lived 3 months with a policewoman aged 45 years and her daugther. I wanted to feel what they feel but in fact they feel nothing. They don t realize in what they live, even the beds are too small but it does not bother them…I can not understand. They prefer to buy some expensive cars and live in some caves. After, I had to move in other cities and i took a private apartment but it was the most of the time in dirty buildings.

            • Being poor in America is a style of life, they have the ability to live normal, even poor in America are free minded, and even rich in Russia are prisoners of their slaves mentality!

              • That is just not true. I live in America (Canada) and there are more and more very poor people here. They live in the street and are not able to get help from the government because there is no money to help people. It has been getting worse in recent years. The fact is that Canada is a poor country even though there are many rich people and big media like to talk about them as if they are the norm.

                I have seen even worse poverty on an even larger scale in the USA. How about kids with rickets for example? Do you have that in Russia? We have that in “america”.

                • @russian
                  I take it you were referring to “russia in dark” below. 🙂 The line spacing of the “Reply” directive confuses me too. The coding on this site needs a little work, but the lack of html skills of the admin is more than made up for by chutzpah.

                • Ole, Did you live and work in Russia??? Were you in Russia for a long time? I think no. You can not imagine what the situation is for the biggest part of the population, that s horrible for 85% of them. This is not in Canada or USA: only a small part of the population “live bad”.

                  • I am responding to the post just above mine which says “Being poor in America is a style of life, they have the ability to live normal, …”. I am talking about “America” where I have lived for over half a century now. I know nothing about Russia and make no claims whatsoever regarding that part of the world. I can’t imagine what you thought I was talking about but please understand that I do not think that I have any knowledge about Russia. Perhaps English is not the most comfortable language for you (we don’t call each other fools for example) but if you reread my post I think you will see what I mean. 🙂

          • Yes you are right. We value ‘prestige’ a lot. Car often costs more than house which is often one small room where we sleep, eat, watch TV and study. But we have this working class attitude – keeping up appearances

          • Mixas, I spent 3 months in the same city but after I had to move in other cities for my job. I spend almost 2 years. I was working on nuclear power plants projects for european government-technical job-Not business. I don t regret it and I d like to go one or 2 weeks in vacations to Russia but I wouldn t to work again and live with them in their buildings. There are too many differences. It s so difficult in Russia if You want to do the job right There will be anytime somebody “putting sticks in your wheels”. Russia is good only for making quick money: find a good business, go to russia, sell your products and fill your pockets as quick as you can and go back home. Sad, really but it s slave mentalities. They are prisoners of it.

  1. Russians like to dream(they are good at drawing too 🙂 , but when it comes to making it real, they give up…. 🙁

  2. I don’t think building on water or near it is a great idea. Too many natural disasters these days, plus the water level is going to rise.

    Some of these shapes look very masonic. Coincidence? Doubt it.

  3. Drawing is only the first step. Paper is patient. These plans will never happen, olimpic comity in Sochi is very corrupted and indecisive: nothing has been build so far. IOC is already looking for alternatives. Invest the money in decent road and people will be happy.

  4. Interesting idea, but not practical. First thing they should do is take care of what’s going on on land. And only then think about doing something off-shore. And I doubt that Sochi will develop again as it used to be in the Soviet era..

    Right now it looks like the designer has seen the projects in Dubai and here is the result..

  5. “Alternative energy sources” which, btw, aren’t even ecological and will cost you an arm and a leg more than “traditional” ones. But that’s ok, no one will notice it – everyone’s engulfed in the illusion.

  6. Those concepts seem rather unrealistical to me. Especially as far as finances go and they don’t have much time to pull it off either.

    At least the designs are nice…

  7. You all said russians will never build “moscow city”… they have built.
    Now you say russians will never build this islands…


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