Ocean resort

Plastic waste could be turned into a luxury floating resort in the Indian Ocean

Written by Sara Spary, CNNLondon

A British architecture firm has revealed plans to build a luxury resort on a floating island from salvaged materials. plastic ocean in a remote location by the Indian Ocean.

Margot Krasojević, founder of Margot Krasojević Architecture, told CNN that the 75-room hotel concept had funding to be built, although she did not disclose the backer.

The hotel will be built on top of a “floating island” located in Australia’s Cocos Archipelago — a chain of islands located 2,750 kilometers northwest of Perth, Western Australia.
Inspired by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the “trash island” beneath the resort will be made up of large plastic-filled bags woven together and then anchored to the ocean floor. The bags will be weighted down with silt and sand to provide stability to the structure, Kasojević said in a press release.

The hotel will house 75 rooms, equipped with seawater showers Credit: Courtesy of Margot Krasojević Architecture

Artificial “roots”, designed to mimic a mangrove, will be positioned around the structure to trap sediment and act as a flood defense by drawing in water to swell when needed.

The tentacle-like structures will act as the island’s “life jacket in an emergency, as they expand trapped sediment, creating an artificial terrain almost like an inflatable runway,” according to the press release.

Hotel guests will shower with distilled sea water.

Krasojević told CNN plans are at an early stage and could take several years to build, but she hopes it will be open to guests in 2025.

Walkways built above the structure will lead to a common area for guests

Walkways built above the structure will lead to a common area for guests Credit: Courtesy of Margot Krasojević Architecture

An alternative to landfill

“Inspiration came to me when I saw the Pacific Ocean Plastic Flotilla, an area twice the size of France, floating in position due to the currents,” she said in a statement. .

Tourism, she added, was becoming more environmentally friendly, with holidaymakers seeking 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 that’s a better alternative than throwing it in a landfill,” she said.

Claire Barlow, an engineering lecturer at the University of Cambridge in England and an expert in sustainable manufacturing, told CNN she welcomes all efforts to remove plastic from the ocean.

She warned, however, that any type of construction must be done in a “balanced” way to avoid unintended environmental impacts.

Environmental impact

“It looks absolutely mesmerizing,” Barlow said of the design. “In a small part of the big puzzle of managing marine litter, I think it’s a good idea. It’s in a sensitive part of the world marred by plastic – so all that can be done to reduce it is Well.

“But there are indeed environmental issues in building a hotel,” she added.

“There will be building materials and extra traffic in that area. And then once the hotel is there, there will be people being taken there.”

The hotel should carefully manage things like waste generated on the island, she said.

“It’s definitely a bit ‘greenwash’ – but it helps raise awareness about marine litter, so in a bit of a cynical way, maybe it’s a good thing to do.”