Overall Winner: "The Swimming City" by Andras Gyorfi
A true (if fictional) mixed-use community, the Swimming City would be geared toward "wellness," sports, entertainment, and "whatever you can imagine," according to a statement by its creator, 27-year-old Hungarian graphic designer Andras Gyorfi, who won the Seastead Design Contest's U.S. $1,000 grand prize.
Like the rest of the entrants, Gyorfi based his "city" on the Seasteading Institute's patent-pending platform. The platform remains entirely virtual, though it has a real-world precedent, the world's smallest "country," Sealand, which won't be winning any design awards
The institute, though, is sailing into the future with plans for tangible seasteads. Their strategy starts small: First, "Pintstead," small enough to float in a pint of beer. Next, "Aquariumstead." And on to "Coaststead," a giant, slow-floating houseboat--the final step before a full-blown seastead for, as the institute puts it, "a new society of ocean pioneers."
Image by Andras Gyorfi, courtesy Seasteading Institute