Work in progress: Design Recycled Island prototype coastal pollution.
Together with a naval architect and a building engineer we are further developing
the Recycled Island prototype of coastal pollution. The prototype is a floating house
with surroundings. This floating villa is constructed from recycled plastic and self-sufficient.
The construction principle is based on Yacht building in composite and brings together
building engineering with naval architecture. The temporarily design should be finished
in July 2013.
RE:Villa is a proposal for a floating habitat constructed from waste materials. As
a building material, for the prototype, we see the potential in recycling coastal
pollution. With the success of the prototype more sustainable and flood-proof habitats
can be realized.
Recycled Island started as a proposal to build a new floating habitat from marine
litter in the North Pacific Gyre. This project came from my own personal interest
in the possibility of habitats that respond to the rising sea level as well as in
the recycled plastics, in particular, sea-waste as a building material. After years
of gathering information and speaking to experts we have visualized these ideas into
a concept design. These images have been published worldwide.
Taking this project step by step the proposal is to design a small floating habitat
from coastal pollution. Besides the marine litter, there are also huge quantities
of plastics being deposited on coastlines.
The realization of a prototype will physically prove our theory and will give us
the opportunity to test the strength of the recycled plastics and will stimulate
the further development of the project. In this the most suitable recycling techniques
are considered. The prototype should be built from hollow elements made by recycling
the plastic waste from coastlines reinforced with natural fibers. These hollow parts
will be the components from which Recycled Island will be constructed. The prototype
is a small version of an overall concept.
The typical components of the family home: shared space, private space, garden, and
service spaces have new constraints imposed by their new littoral contexts, and so
the organization of the components themselves is rethought. The recycled plastic
creates the possibility of translucent materiality and more fluid connections between
The creation of the prototype will illustrate:
1: The potential of (sea) plastic recycling.
2. Flood-proof living.
3. Sustainable and self-sufficient housing.
The prototype can eventually be on display in any major (harbor) city.