Architect plans to build luxury ocean plastic floating resort
(CNN) – British architectural firm has revealed plans to build luxury floating island from scavenged materials plastic ocean in a remote location in the Indian Ocean.
Margot Krasojević, founder of Margot Krasojević Architecture, told CNN that the 75-room hotel concept had funding to build, although she did not disclose the funder.
The hotel will be built on top of a “floating island” located at The Cocos Archipelago in Australia – a chain of islands located 2,750 kilometers northwest of Perth, Western Australia.
Inspired by the Large Pacific Waste Zone, the “trash island” under the complex will consist of large bags filled with plastic woven together and then anchored to the bottom of the ocean. The bags will be weighted down with silt and sand to ensure the stability of the structure, Kasojević said in a press release.
Artificial “roots” designed to mimic a mangrove, will be positioned around the structure to trap sediment and act as a defense against flooding by sucking water to swell when needed.
The tentacle-shaped structures will act as the “island’s life jacket in an emergency, as they expand the trapped sediment creating artificial terrain almost like an inflatable track,” according to the press release.
Hotel guests will shower in distilled sea water.
Krasojević told CNN the plans were at an early stage and could take several years to build, but that she hopes it will be open to guests in 2025.
An alternative to landfill
“The inspiration came to me when I saw the plastic flotilla from the Pacific Ocean, an area twice the size of France that was floating in position because of the currents,” she said in a communicated.
Tourism, she added, was changing to become more environmentally conscious, as vacationers appear to be “more in tune with their surroundings”.
“Plastic is malleable and flexible, so it can be reprinted, reformed, or broken down and rebuilt. Personally, I think it’s a better alternative than throwing it into a landfill,” she said.
Claire Barlow, a senior lecturer in engineering at the University of Cambridge in England and an expert in sustainable manufacturing, told CNN that she welcomes all efforts to remove plastic from the ocean.
However, she warned that any type of construction must be done in a “balanced” way to avoid unintended environmental impacts.
“It looks absolutely fascinating,” Barlow said of the design. “In a small part of the big puzzle of dealing with marine litter, I think it’s a good idea. It’s in a sensitive part of the world ravaged by plastic – so anything that can be done to reduce it is good. .
“But there are indeed environmental issues with building a hotel,” she added.
“There will be building materials and additional traffic in that area. And then once the hotel is there, there will be people who will be taken in and out of it.”
The hotel should carefully handle things like the waste generated on the island, she said.
“It’s a little ‘greenwash’ really – but it helps raise awareness about marine litter so in a slightly cynical way, maybe it is a good thing to do.”
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