TetraPOT: A Symbiosis Between Artificial and Natural Sea Defense

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Occupied on nearly every beach known to man, the tetrahedral concrete blocks known as tetrapods operate as an artificial sea defense. Their ultimate function are to dissipate the force of incoming waves and to reduce displacement.


According to critics, however, these tetrapods have been destroying the natural scenery along coastlines and tend to be dislodged over time by the force of the ocean constantly crashing against them. So what can we do about it?Taiwanese designer Sheng-Hung Lee and his partner Wan Kee Lee might have a solution. Known as the TetraPOT, this concrete structure was designed as not only a replacement to the tetrapods which occupy our beaches, but to subsequently instill a symbiosis between artificial and natural sea defense systems.

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