An artificial island is a possible solution for a maritime boundary agreement between Slovenia and Croatia. Not surprisingly, politicians don’t have enough interest for the project due to their daily preoccupations with power struggle.
The artificial island has two main purposes. Firstly as a general tourist attraction and it also represents coexistence of three surrounding neighboring countries (Croatia, Italy and Slovenia). All three own the island. All three countries can access the International water and according to the UN convention on the Law of the Sea maritime boundaries between the countries become irrelevant. The distance between the island and the land of all three countries is between 8-12 nautical miles and the size of the island is approx. 20 ha.
The island is designed as a lagoon with the hotel complex in the marine, with central activities and hotel rooms in the upper level, and entertainment and education in the underwater part.
In the inner lagoon there is a rotating tower with a lighthouse and panoramic restaurant as a symbolic element – tall enough (50 m) to enable a view of all three countries and to be seen from all three countries. Additionally there are three more islands (symbolic) for golf courses.
The starting sea depth is 30 m. The basic construction of the island is formed by lamp holders, prefabricated elements from reinforced concrete and metal construction. Some parts of the island are floating. The hotel complex is built from the seabed in statically dynamic relation with other constructed parts of the island. The island is self-sufficient in terms of energy (water systems, wind, and sun). Water is supplied by desalination and from the land. Recycling systems are also incorporated.