Rather than flying off to a backdrop of heaps of plastic rubbish, this project offers just the opposite, as a British architect came up with the idea of creating an artificial island off the west coast of Australia, using waste collected from the ocean to form an ecological structure. The resort could welcome its first tourists in 2025. Imagine the scene: a turquoise sea, swarms of small colorful fish swimming under your feet while you keep your eyes on the occasional sea turtle… Welcome to the Cocos Islands, an archipelago located between Indonesia and the northwest coast of Australia, and which belong to the island-continent. By planning a future trip to this heavenly destination, you could be pioneering a new kind of vacation, heading to a destination that has put plastic pollution to good use.
This is the goal of Margot Krasojević, a British architect who designed a man-made resort island made of plastic waste collected from the Indian Ocean. The Cocos Islands are indeed facing a serious problem of plastic pollution. A University of Tasmania study reported in 2019 that 238 tonnes of plastic – along with everything from shoes to toothbrushes – littered the coastline in 2019.
The creation of this artificial island would involve recovering and recycling this plastic waste. The waste would be picked up by large articulated arms, attached to the wooden walkways that would constitute this new kind of paradise island. The plastic waste would then be covered with a biodegradable concrete mesh. The objective is to prevent the flooding of the island. This structure would be able to swell on contact with water and absorb sediment. Additionally, the island would have the ability to expand as plastic waste is collected.
The projects of the Recycled Ocean Plastic Resort include the construction of a hotel, but also a campground. Solar panels would make it possible to optimize the filtering of seawater to operate the showers, for example.
If the project seems crazy, this is not the first time that the idea of creating floating islands has emerged. Indeed, during the world real estate fair MIPIM, which was held in Cannes, a prototype of a floating city in the Maldives was also presented.
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