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August 16, 2021

Artificial Island: The Recycled Ocean Plastic Resort by Margot Krasojević Architects

This high-tech design project aims to create a beautiful island resort out of plastic taken from the surrounding Indian Ocean.

2,750 kilometres off the west coast of Australia, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands is a small external territory in the middle of one of the most plastic-filled oceans on the planet. British architect Margot Krasojević has designed a new resort for the archipelago that puts sustainability at the forefront, with plans for the Recycled Ocean Plastic Resort to sit on a floating foundation made from waste collected from the ocean.

Mesh bags filled with reclaimed materials, such as rubber tires and plastic bags, will be tied together to form a buoyant base anchored just off the coast of the West Island. Once in place, this platform will be covered with mangrove trees, whose roots will wind between the bags to give them an extra layer of natural fortification and help absorb any water that might threaten to flood the artificial island. A pleated structure of interlaced webbing will further prevent flooding as its biodegradable-seeded ‘tentacles’ expand to hold the water back when seas get rough.


The design of the resort itself strongly reflects this futuristic approach to an island holiday. The sweeping lines of the exterior resemble something out of a sci-fi film, with several walkways flowing out from the central building. Guests will be able to stay either in canopied rooms or out on the camping grounds, allowing for a variety of ways to enjoy their stay. The resort will also bring its focus on the environment to the interior, with showers using filtered and distilled seawater that will be pumped using solar energy.

The proposal for the Recycled Ocean Plastic Resort suggests it could be floating as early as 2025, though with such an experimental design, it’s difficulty to know exactly how long the build would take. Regardless, Krasojević’s concept is admirable for its intentions and exciting in its design, and we at Casper Magazine can’t wait to see how the idea evolves in its execution.

For more environmental projects, check out our feature on Africa’s Great Green Wall, and for more sustainable architecture, read about Zaha Hadid Architect’s Tower C.


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