Artificial city

Artificial island made from marine litter in Australia

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of going to an island for a vacation? Luxury, pleasure and, most importantly, a clean space. So what if we told you that you could get all of this, but from an island made entirely of marine trash?

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.


According to an AFP report, 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 open to occasionally spot sea turtles… Welcome to the Cocos Islands, an archipelago located between Indonesia and the coast northwest 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.

Margot Krasojević, a British architect designed an artificial island made of plastic waste collected from the Indian Ocean.

The Cocos Islands face a serious plastic pollution problem. 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.

Margot Krasojevic Architecture

The process of creating this artificial island consists of recovering and recycling this plastic waste, then the waste would be collected by large articulated arms, fixed to the wooden walkways which would constitute this new kind of paradise island.

The plastic waste would then be covered with a biodegradable concrete mesh. The objective of the project is to prevent the flooding of the island. This structure would be able to swell on contact with water and absorb sediment. Other than that, the island would have the capacity 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.

This is not the first time that the idea of ​​creating floating islands has existed. At the global real estate fair MIPIM, held in Cannes, a prototype of a floating city in the Maldives was also presented.

Margot Krasojevic Architecture

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